Hip Replacement

Hip replacement (or total hip arthroplasty) is a surgical operation in which orthopedic surgeons remove a problematic hip joint and replace it with a prosthesis-an artificial joint. In other words the damaged cartilage and bone is removed and replaced with artificial units (implants) including a metal or ceramic ball component and a socket that has an insert or liner made of metal, ceramic or plastic to accommodate a smooth gliding surface.




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Step by step the operation:

In Hip Replacement Surgery,  orthopedic surgeons:

  • Remove the damaged femoral head and replace it with a metal stem, positioned into the hollow center of the femur
  • Remove the impaired cartilage surface of the acetabulum and replace it with a metal socket
  • Insert  a metal, plastic or ceramic spacer between the new ball and the hip socket.

It is crucial to understand the potential benefits and limitations of total hip replacement. Generally it is employed for patients who are suffering from hip pain and disability where there is an existence of hip joint damage from an injury or arthritis. 

In the vast majority of the cases hip replacement surgery takes place when hip joint damage causes a pain that lowers the health related quality of life; interfering with daily activities of the patients.When combined with rehabilitation right after the operation, hip replacement may help to control the pain and restore range of motion and function of your hip joint.

References:
​1. "Hip Replacement." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. .
2.  "Total Hip Replacement." AAOS - OrthoInfo. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. .