Total hip replacement is a common orthopaedic procedure. The most common reason for surgery is hip pain on movement. Many people go to their doctor with pain in the groin. This is usually an indicator of early arthritis. Other people present as an inability to walk long distances, difficulty putting on socks and getting comfortable at night to go to sleep. There may be many other limitations, which present from their simple inability to mobilise on their hip.
In essence, a hip replacement is a replacement of the ball of the hip joint and a re-coating of the socket of the pelvis.
Hip replacements come in many different forms. The stem is the metallic component. The new ball and socket is held together by muscle forces and soft tissue tension. The ball free to move in the socket and not captured or locked in in any way.
The main issues are:
- Surgeon Experience, Training and attention to detail.
- The Avoidance of Complications
- The Surgical approach
- The Implant Type
- Overall Quality
- The Bearing Surface Type
- The Cost