The hip is a ball-and-socket joint consisting of the acetabulum (pelvis) and the femur (thigh bone) that is coated with cartilage to provide smooth, painless movement while walking, standing and performing other regular activities.
Surgery is often needed for damaged hip joints in order to restore the stability and strength of the joint needed to support the weight it carries. New technology allows for many hip procedures to be performed arthroscopically, allowing patients to benefit from less scarring and shorter recovery times.
Total Hip Replacement
The hip is a ball and socket joint that is lubricated with cartilage to allow for smooth, fluid motion. Over time, the cartilage covering the hip joint may become diseased or damaged as a result of arthritis, hip fractures, bone death or other factors, causing stiffness and pain in the joint. A total hip replacement is often recommended for patients who experience severe hip pain and whose daily lives are affected by the pain.
In total hip replacement, the diseased bone and cartilage are replaced with a metal ball and plastic cup. The artificial joint, called a prosthesis, may or may not be cemented in place during a two to four hour procedure. Patients undergo physical therapy beginning the day after surgery in order to gradually restore the ability to walk. Most hip replacements last 15 to 20 years or longer.
If you are interested in learning more about any of our Hip procedures, call 248-650-2400 today to schedule an appointment.