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What is the difference between a total and a partial hip replacement?
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Dr. Vinod Panchbhavi
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
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In brief: sides of joint
Total refers to both sides of the hip joint - are replaced often metal on one side (the ball) and a special plastic on the other side the cup.
Partial is where only one side is replaced usually the ball.

In brief: sides of joint
Total refers to both sides of the hip joint - are replaced often metal on one side (the ball) and a special plastic on the other side the cup.
Partial is where only one side is replaced usually the ball.
Dr. Vinod Panchbhavi
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Dr. Steven Morgan
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Different
A half a hip replacement is called a hemi arthroplasty.
It is typically used for fractures and replaces only the ball at the top of the femur. The hip socket is native. In a total hip replacement both the ball and the socket are replaced.

In brief: Different
A half a hip replacement is called a hemi arthroplasty.
It is typically used for fractures and replaces only the ball at the top of the femur. The hip socket is native. In a total hip replacement both the ball and the socket are replaced.
Dr. Steven Morgan
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