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...
Lately, I’ve found that my hips have stiffened up. According to my massage therapist, part of the reason is due to lower back issues that I’ve been facing. It turns out that my lower back has recruited my hip muscles into a revolt that at times can be uncomfortable and at times can be downright painful.
And I’m not alone because, unfortunately, stiff hips can be part of aging for women. In her book, “Fit and Fabulous After 40,” Denise Austin notes that women’s hips differ from men’s. “Our hip socket is called a Q socket, and unlike men, the line from knee to hip isn’t straight; our femurs, or upper leg bones, fit into the hip socket at an angle,” she writes. “For this reason, women tend to experience more hip problems are they grow older.” She notes that issues with your hips can impact your ability to walk and also can lead to back pain and other injuries. Plus, I want to do everything I can to avoid getting arth...
Consider these facts. Americans 85 years old and older are the fastest growing age group in the United States. Americans of Hispanic or Latino descent are the largest minority group in the United States. The number of Black Americans is rising and expected to keep increasing. Black and Hispanic adults are less likely to have a joint replacement when needed compared to white adults. In this study researchers looked at uninsured minority patients. The goal was to find out if these patients have more serious arthritis than insured white adults at the time of joint replacement. Over 700 patients who had a hip or knee replacement were included in the study. The patients were divided into four groups: 1) Hispanic white, 2) Non-hispanic white, 3) Hispanic black, and 4) Non-hispanic black. Slightly more than half identified themselves as Hispanic. Pain, function, and quality of life were measured for each patient. This is the first study to look at the link between race and ethnicity and type of...
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