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What is the main difference between total and partial hip replacement?
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
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In brief: Pelvic component
Total hip replacement involves a metal stem with a ball on the end placed in the thigh bone and a fixed metal cup placed in the pelvis.
The ball can rotate in the cup. Partial hip replacement uses a larger ball that rotates in the natural socket. Partial hip replacement in usually done for a fractured hip.

In brief: Pelvic component
Total hip replacement involves a metal stem with a ball on the end placed in the thigh bone and a fixed metal cup placed in the pelvis.
The ball can rotate in the cup. Partial hip replacement uses a larger ball that rotates in the natural socket. Partial hip replacement in usually done for a fractured hip.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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Dr. Raj Sinha
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
3 doctors agree
In brief: Components
In a total, the cartilage is removed and a metal /plastic socket is placed in the pelvis .
A stem is placed in the thigh bone. Both are intended to be solidly fixed in the bone. In a partial hip, only the stem is placed in the thigh bone and a large head (ball) is placed on the stem and sits inside and moves around in the pelvis socket, which still has its native cartilage.

In brief: Components
In a total, the cartilage is removed and a metal /plastic socket is placed in the pelvis .
A stem is placed in the thigh bone. Both are intended to be solidly fixed in the bone. In a partial hip, only the stem is placed in the thigh bone and a large head (ball) is placed on the stem and sits inside and moves around in the pelvis socket, which still has its native cartilage.
Dr. Raj Sinha
Dr. Raj Sinha
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