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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