HIP REPLACEMENT

Hip replacement is an artificial ball and socket which replaces the painful bone surfaces and restores smooth motion of the joint. The new socket fits into the pelvis tightly so that bone grows into the implant. A plastic liner locks into the socket as the bearing surface. Alternate bearings have recently been explored and tried by others, but have also recently been associated with early failures.

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The metal ball is secured to a metal stem, which is fixed to the upper thigh bone. This component is either press-fit to allow bone growth fixation or it is cemented into place. This determination is made based on the quality of bone, shape, age, and other factors.
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Hip replacement is one of the most reliable orthopedic procedures available. Techniques have evolved over recent years to minimize patient pain, blood loss, and hospital stays. Patients ambulate the day of surgery and regain independent function and activity quickly.
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Total Hip Replacement
This helpful brochure describes hip replacement surgery in easy to understand terms, including the potential complications. It is required reading for my hip patients prior to surgery and has a section on minimally invasive hip surgery techniques.
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Biomaterials & Bearing Surfaces
Read about the pros and cons of the various materials used in hip replacement surgery today, including ceramics and metal- on-metal bearings.
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Surgical Approaches
to the Hip

This document reviews the pros and cons of anterior and posterior approaches to the hip joint during hip replacement surgery and answers questions raised by patients about the anterior approach, as well as the two-incision technique.
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