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Even though hip joint replacements are available, doctors sometimes fuse the joint instead. This is often the case with young patients who have severe hip damage on one side. Most of the time, the damage is related to some form of arthritis. Sometimes an accident or injury leads to infection and destruction of the hip joint. Tuberculosis that affects the bones is another cause of hip joint problems. Doctors try to fuse the joint in a way that still allows the patient to change or convert to a new joint later on. Most hip fusions last at least 25 years before conversion to a new joint. When the patient has back, hip, or knee pain that gets in the way of everyday life, it may be time to convert the fusion. The conversion from a fused joint to a new hip joint is difficult. An experienced surgeon is needed. Even then, problems after the operation can occur. Complications after conversion include nerve damage, infection, loosening of the implant, and hip dislocation. Rarely, a bone may fract...
Hip joint replacement is surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial joint. The artificial joint is called a prosthesis .
Hip arthroplasty; Total hip replacement; Hip hemiarthroplasty
The artificial hip joint has four parts:
A socket that replaces your old hip socket. The socket is usually made of metal.
The liner, which fits inside the socket. It is usually plastic, but some surgeons are now trying other materials, like ceramic and metal. The liner allows the hip to move smoothly.
A metal or ceramic ball that will replace the round head (top) of your thigh bone.
A metal stem that is attached to the shaft of the thigh bone to make the joint more stable.
You may receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This means you will be unconscious and unable to feel pain. You may have a spinal or epidural anesthesia. In this kind of anesthesia, medicine is put into you...
In the time leading up to hip replacement surgery, you were looking forward to living pain free. But now months after the surgery, you are disappointed with your reality of living with ongoing pain or even worse pain than you had before. What went wrong? Why aren’t you experiencing the pain-free life that you dreamed of? A few things can be going wrong and preventing you from the best possible results after the replacement of your hip.
First and foremost, you might be caught in a painful triad of arthritis involving both the hips and the spine. Replacing one or both hips does not solve the back pain. And fusing the back does not solve the hip pain. The hip-spine connection is frequently encountered in the elderly because all of these parts have deteriorated over time. 1 Sometimes hip arthritis is misdiagnosed as low back pain. Sometimes low back pain is misdiagnosed as hip arthritis. And many times both are seen together in the same person. Even someone who has had t...
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