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18th January, 2023

Hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery
Article by : Admin

Hip replacement surgery,also known as hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the damaged parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with artificial components. This procedure is typically recommended for individuals who have severe hip pain and limited mobility due to arthritis, injury, or other degenerative conditions. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes 1-2 hours to complete.

During the procedure, the damaged cartilage and bone are removed from the thighbone (femur) and the socket in the pelvis (acetabulum). The surfaces of these bones are then shaped to fit the artificial components, which are made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. These components are designed to mimic the function of the natural hip joint and allow for smooth, pain-free movement.

There are two types of hip replacement surgeries:

      Total Hip Replacement: In this procedure, both the ball and socket are replaced.

      Hip Resurfacing: In this procedure, only the ball is replaced and the socket is reshaped.

After surgery, patients will typically be required to spend several days in the hospital for recovery. Physical therapy will be started soon after the surgery to regain the strength and range of motion in the hip. It may take several months for the hip to fully heal and for the patient to regain their full range of motion and strength.

Overall, hip replacement surgery can be a very effective treatment option for individuals with severe hip pain and limited mobility due to arthritis, injury, or other degenerative conditions. However, it is important to note that the surgery is not appropriate for everyone and a thorough evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon is necessary to determine if it is the best option for an individual patient.