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KEEPIN' THE FAITH I used to think I was a little different from many people, but as I "mature" (i.e. get older), I find that I'm terminally average, and that's fine with me. My first osteoarthritis surgery was for a joint replacement at the base of my big toe about 12 years ago. At the time, I thought "well, we got THAT fixed -- won't have anymore surgeries." Little did I know that I would have four more joint replacement surgeries with at least three more in my "forecast." Instead of thinking "poor me," I'm incredibly grateful that these surgeries are possible and I can go on to live a reasonably active life. In fact with my second hip, the surgeon told me that it should last 35 years -- it may outlive me! With Osteoarthritis, You Have to Think Positive I've found that anything can happen and you have to want something badly enough and be willing to work toward it. My passions for Af...
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...
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...
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