Total hip replacement surgery relieves hip pain and helps patients with arthritis or hip injuries get back to walking, exercising, and increasing their quality of life.
The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is the femoral head at the top of the femur (thighbone). The socket, called the acetabulum, is a part of the pelvis. The ball rotates in the socket, allowing the leg to move forward, backward, and sideways. Smooth cartilage covers the ball and the socket so that they glide freely. When that cartilage wears down because of arthritis or injury, the bones scrape together and become rough, causing hip pain and restricting a person’s movement. Some people may even experience pain when lying down, and be awoken by it at night.
When symptoms progress to limiting pain – particularly night pain that interrupts sleep – and stiffness that cannot be controlled with anti-inflammatory medications , as well as difficulty engaging in everyday activities, a total hip replacement (or, in some cases, a hip resurfacing procedure) should be
While hip replacements are most often performed to provide relief for severe arthritic conditions, the surgery is also performed for other problems like hip fractures. Many people with hip problems are seeking hip replacement procedures at a younger age to keep pace with their active lifestyles; as a result, implant designs and surgical technologies are being refined and updated more rapidly than ever before. Hospital for Special Surgery continues to contribute to this progress with significant research programs and clinical trials currently underway at the Hospital.
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