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Hip Replacement

Hip ReplacementA total hip replacement is one of the most successful operations performed by orthopedic surgeons. A hip replacement restores function, removes pain, and has some of the highest patient satisifaction of all surgeries preformed today. If a patient with hip arthritis is no longer getting relief from their non-operative treatment for hip arthritis and their life is significantly impacted from their hip arthritis, then perhaps they should consider getting their hip replaced.

A hip joint is basically a ball and socket joint. A hip replacement involves removing the ball (femoral head) and replacing it with a metal or ceramic prosthetic ball. The femoral prosthesis is inserted into the hollow part of the femoral shaft. The socket of the pelvis is machined into a hemisphere and a metal hemisphere is inserted into the socket. The new femoral prosthesis and new socket form the new hip joint and allow the same and often times more motion than the native hip joint.

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