Hip replacement is surgery (total hip arthroplasty) to replace a worn-out or damaged hip joint. The surgeon substitutes artificial joint (prosthesis) for the old joint. Following a hip fracture or extreme pain due to arthritis this surgery may be a option.
The hip joint may be affected by various types of arthritis:
Osteoarthritis-This is a degenerative joint disease that mostly affects older and middle-aged adults. It can cause joint cartilage and adjacent bone breakdown in the hips.
Traumatic arthritis-This is caused by an injury. It can also damage the cartilage in the hip.
The goal of hip replacement surgery is to repair damaged parts of the hip joint. It also helps to alleviate hip pain which other therapies can’t manage.
A traditional hip replacement involves an incision over the hip joint, several inches long. For the procedure a newer technique uses 1 or 2 smaller incisions. This is called hip replacement which is minimally invasive. But for those those who need a hip replacement, the minimally invasive procedure isn’t suitable. The right treatment for you will be worked out by your health care provider.
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