What Is Total Hip Replacement?
When non-surgical treatments fail, Dr. Louis will often recommend total hip replacement, which is the most reliable orthopedic procedure today with a success rate of 97 percent. For patients who have struggled for years with hip pain, hip replacement is a huge relief. It allows them more mobility and helps them return to their active lives.
Replacing the hip joint consists of replacing both the acetabulum (socket) and the femoral head (ball). This surgical procedure involves replacing the bone with a prosthetic device designed to mimic the movement and function of a natural hip. The prosthetic hip is made up of three sections: the femoral stem, the femoral head and the acetabular component. These pieces are made of metal with a special liner that sits inside the acetabular cup replicating the ball and socket joint. The prosthetic cup is embedded into the pelvis during surgery, with the femoral stem being implanted into the thigh bone.