Hip Replacement

  • Introduction

  • Surgical Treatment

Your hip is made up of a ball-and-socket joint. The ball of your femur, called the femoral head, fits into the socket of the pelvis, called the acetabulum, and is kept in place by structures of cartilage. Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which the femoral head and cartilage of the hip joint are removed and replaced by prosthetic components.

There are many conditions that can indicate the need for hip replacement surgery such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and avascular necrosis. In some cases, these conditions can cause severe pain that limits daily activity. Your doctor will perform a physical examination, and run imaging tests such as X-rays or MRIs to observe the state of the hip bones and joint.

 

If conservative treatments are not effective in relieving pain, a hip replacement might be recommended. In this procedure the surgeon will remove the damaged cartilage and bone and attach new prosthetic components. There are two basic parts to a prosthetic hip joint: the ball component and the socket component. The ball component will replace the femoral head and the socket component will replace the acetabulum. These components can be made of either metal, plastic, or ceramic and can either be cemented or “press fit” into the bone, which means that your bones will grow onto the component.

The first few weeks after your surgery will involve physical therapy treatments in order to regain normal mobility. If recovery is managed properly, patients typically return to normal daily activities within 3 to 6 weeks.

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