Total Hip Replacement Surgery - Treatment Options
Hip surgery goes by many names. Most people refer to it as having a hip replaced, or having hip surgery, or perhaps having a hip operation. The technical term for a total hip replacement, however is total hip arthroplasty, or surgical replacement of the hip joint with an artificial prosthesis. This a reconstructive procedure that helps patients whose conditions of the hip joint have not responded well to conventional medical therapy.
Your replacement hip joint will be made of various materials (including metal, plastic and ceramic) depending on your particular needs. The new joint, called a prosthesis, consists of a stem, a ball and a socket.
Your surgeon will make an incision (cut) on the outside of your thigh. The stem of the prosthesis will be inserted into your femur (thigh bone), and the attached ball will be fitted into the prosthetic socket in your pelvis.
The surgery takes about two hours, but a successful hip replacement begins long before you enter the hospital.
An Active San Francisco Bay Area Lifestyle and Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Replacement of a hip joint may seem like a drastic step, but here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we tend to lead active lifestyles. Whether it is hiking in Marin County, dog-walking along the beach in San Francisco, or even of the marvelous parks in San Mateo - anywhere in the Bay Area is great to be outdoors. A successful total hip replacement can be a first step towards a major recovery, and an active lifestyle here in Northern California or whever you reside.
Be positive - think of all the activities that await you after a successful total hip replacement:
- Daily routines, such as taking the bus or driving your car
- Going up stairs more easily
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