Hip Replacement Surgery

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Normal hip joint
Normal hip joint
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Osteoarthritis of the hip
Hip joint affected by osteoarthritis
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In osteoarthritis, the cartilage that protects and cushions the joints breaks down over time. As the cartilage wears down, the bone surfaces rub against each other. This damages the tissue and bone, which then causes pain. The joint space in this hip joint is narrowed due to cartilage loss and bone spur formation.

Damaged cartilage and bone are removed from hip socket and femur
Hip replacement: Step 1 - Damaged cartilage and bone are removed
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Removal of cartilage from the hip socket (acetabulum) and removal of the upper end of the femur

Hip socket component is placed
Hip replacement: Step 2 - Hip socket component is placed
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Placement of acetabular component

Femoral component is placed
Hip replacement: Step 3 - Femoral component is placed
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Placement of femoral component

Hip replacement is complete
Completed hip replacement
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Completed hip replacement

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

Current as of: November 14, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma