What is Hip Replacement?
If the non-surgical treatments no longer relieve pain and inflammation in your hip, you may want to contact us and discuss the option of total hip replacement. After discussing with our surgeon, if you decide that this is the best way to restore your ability to carry on your normal activities of daily life, the following information will be helpful for you to know.
The purpose of hip replacement surgery 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 will help make the hip strong, stable and flexible again.
The Most Recent and Effective Hip Replacement Technology
The hip implant is comprised of four parts that work together to restore the original function of your ball-and-socket joint:
- A metal hip stem that is inserted into the top of your thighbone
- A metal cup which holds the cup liner
- A cup liner which holds the femoral head
- The femoral head or ball which is attached to the hip stem and inserted into the liner to form the ball-and-socket joint
One thing you should remember is that in the past 40 years, millions of people who have suffered from hip pain and arthritis have experienced relief and restored mobility through total hip replacement. In the United States alone, nearly 300,000 hip replacement procedures are performed each year.