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Dr. John Michalski
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Total Hip Replacement (Overview)

Replacement of hip ball and socket...Or femoral head and acetabulum.


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Total hip replacement failure rate?

Total hip replacement failure rate?

Low: Patient factors, implant factors, and surgeon factors all contribute to the longevity of hip replacements. Based on european registry data, greater that 85% of hip replacements will still be functioning well 15 years after implantation. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Total Hip Replacement (Overview)

Replacement of hip ball and socket...Or femoral head and acetabulum.


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What about a total hip replacement?

What about a total hip replacement?

Wonderful: The hip replacement is one of the best procedures we can perform. It takes patients with daily pain and inability to live a quality life, and within weeks allows the patient to start a new life. It does have risks, and those need to be weighed against the benefits. Knee replacements and shoulder replacements are similar. ...Read more

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What is meant by total hip replacement?

What is meant by total hip replacement?

Total Hip: Both the femoral and acetabular components are replaced. Typically, modular components are used of various materials (titanium, polyethylene, ceramic, oxinium, or other metallurgy) are employed. ...Read more

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How long do a total hip replacement last?

Depends: Longevity of hip replacements depend on patient factors such as activity and weight, surgeon factors such as the accuracy of implantation, and implant factors. European registry data suggest that greater than 85% of hips will still be working well at 15 yrs after implantation. ...Read more

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How can I prepare for a total hip replacement?

Be informed...: Ask questions, understand the procedure, the risks, the recovery time frame, the number of procedures a year your physician performs and whether or not the hospital has an orthopedic unit to manage you after surgery. Exercising as tolerated is always useful too. The stronger you are heading into surgery, the stronger you are coming out. ...Read more

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Is the total hip replacement a risky thing to do?

Not too Risky: There are some risks and these should be discussed with your surgeon. But in general the risks are low and the benefits for the right patient are significant. ...Read more

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Is total hip replacement a very common procedure?

YES: Total hip replacements are one of the most common procedures performed. Over 285,000 are performed yearly in the USA. ...Read more

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Who is a good candidate for total hip replacement?

Pain... : The decision to pursue a joint replacement is based on your perception of how significantly your quality of life is being limited by the pain you are suffering due to arthritis. This is primarily a quality of life decision. You should be the person who determines when it needs to be done after your surgeon mentions that it is a consideration. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Hip Replacement (Definition)

Total hip replacement: surgery in which the diseased ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with artificial materials. A metal ball with a stem (a prosthesis) is inserted into the femur (thigh bone) and an artificial plastic cup socket is placed in the acetabulum (a "cup-shaped" ...Read more