Learn about Hip Replacement
How hip replacement surgery works
When an orthopaedic surgeon performs a total hip replacement, their goal is to give you positive long-term results by:
+ Providing long-term relief from pain
+ Restoring mobility
+ Correcting any deformity
Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the head of the femur (the ball at the top of the thigh bone) and the acetabulum (hip socket).
Typically, the artificial ball and stem is made of a strong metal or ceramic, and the artificial socket (cup) is made of polyethylene (a durable, wear-resistant plastic) or metal with a polyethylene liner.
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Surgical Approaches to Total Hip Replacement
There are several ways your surgeon may choose to insert a total hip replacement, these are called surgical approaches. Regardless of the approach, hip replacement surgery will include the replacement of your joint’s damaged cartilage and bone with implants. A combination of your past medical history, physical examinations, diagnostic imaging (X-rays, CT-scans, etc.), and experience with a particular surgical approach, will assist your surgeon to determine which is best approach for your specific needs.
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