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...
If you need a steroid injection into the hip for pain from osteoarthritis, there's only a 50-50 chance the agent will actually reach its intended destination. That's the conclusion of this study from Turkey. Using anatomical landmarks to position and advance the needle is called a blind injection. Using this technique with any success is like tossing a coin and shouting heads or tails and then being right (or wrong). What can the physician do to increase his or her accuracy? Use some type of imaging to guide the needle. That could include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound (US), fluoroscopy (real-time 3-D X-rays), computerized tomography (CT scans), or arthrography. Arthrography is a tool doctors use to find the source of patients' symptoms. By injecting a special substance or contrast dye into a painful joint, doctors can see soft tissues and joint structures to find out what may be causing pain and other symptoms. In this study, physicians used fluoroscopy to guide and place...
Most of our readers (and fellow osteoarthritis sufferers) realize that this disease is not only painful but also very frustrating. When I was first diagnosed with OA approximately 12 years ago, I knew very little about it. At times, I'm not entirely sure that I'm that much more knowledgable now! When I had the first surgery to replace a joint in my foot that had deteriorated due to OA, I assumed that this was the end of it, the OA was gone, and I could continue my life as usual. Little did I realize that this was just the tiny beginning of my battle with OA! May 6, I again will be having orthopedic surgery and will have a total knee replacement .
This is my ninth surgery from the waist down due to OA. I've had several joint replacements, fusions, and even nine small joints removed from one of my feet. Amazingly, thanks to the skills of great orthopedic surgeons, I seldom even limp unless I'm having one of those horribly extra painful days!
The extra challenge now is that the dete...
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