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What is the difference between a hip replacement and total hip replacement?

What is the difference between a hip replacement and total hip replacement?

They are the same: A total hip replacement involved putting in a cup fixed to the pelvis, and a stem with a ball on top, into the femur. This creates an artificial ball and socket joint. Other types of hip replacement include partial hip (same type of stem) with a large ball that articulates with the native socket in the pelvis, used often in hip fractures. Hip resurfacing is another form of hip replacement. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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


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What is the main difference between hip resurfacing and total hip replacement?

What is the main difference between hip resurfacing and total hip replacement?

Femur and bearing: A hip resurfacing and total hip both involve relining the inside of the socket. A resurfacing does not remove the entire head, but rather caps the head with a cemented metal piece. A total hip does replace the entire head, and the head is attached to a piece of metal that goes down inside the femur 5 - 6". A critical difference is that a resurfacing requires a metal on-metal bearing (bad idea). ...Read more

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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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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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Dr. John Michalski
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Total Hip Replacement (Definition)

Replacement of hip ball and socket...Or ...Read more