Hip Problems: Total Solutions

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Hip Arthritis

Arthritis of the hip is a disease that wears away the cartilage in the ball-and-socket
joint at the top of your leg bone (femur) and pelvis. This wear causes the two bones
to scrape against each other, raw bone on raw bone. When this happens, the joint
becomes pitted, eroded, and uneven resulting in pain, stiffness, and instability. In some
cases, motion of the leg may be greatly restricted.

Two surgical procedures that address this problem are hip replacement
and hip resurfacing.

Total Hip Replacement
hipreplace.jpg Total Hip Replacement ( Hip Arthroplasty) is a long-established procedure for the treatment of Hip Arthritis.
The purpose of total hip replacement is to remove the
two damaged and worn parts of the hip joint- the hip socket (acetabulum) and the ball (femoral head) – and replace them with smooth, artificial implants called prostheses, which help make the hip strong, stable, and flexible again.
For younger, more active people needing a hip replacement there is a high chance that a traditional hip replacement will wear out during their lifetime and need to be replaced again. A second replacement (called a revision) is much more difficult.

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Hip Resurfacing
HIPRESURFACE.jpg Hip resurfacing is surgery to resurface the head of the femur and the hip socket with metal-on- metal bearing surface prostheses. Hip resurfacing may be performed under a general or spinal anesthesia. During the procedure the surgeon removes the femoral head from the hip socket. The femoral head is fitted with a spherical metal shell and the hip socket is lined with a concave metal shell. The hip is placed back in its normal position.

A small drainage tube is placed during surgery to help drain excess fluids from the joint area. Rehabilitation and physical therapy start after surgery and continue throughout hospitalization.

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Question to help you decide what's best.

   1. Have you already seen an orthopaedic surgeon about your hip problems?
   2. Did the surgeon recommend hip replacement as a treatment option?
   3. Do you have any medical conditions or complications you are aware of?
   4. Are you under age 55?
   5. Are you active?

To see a direct comparison between these two procedures, including cost differencesm, please see our Hip Resurfacing VS. Hip Replacement (Comparison) page.

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