Hip Joint Replacement
Hip joint replacement is highly successful in relieving hip joint pain when conservative therapies are not effective. Arthritis damage is the most common reason to replace the hip. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. In replacement surgery, the surgeon removes and replaces the damaged parts with artificial components. In a total hip replacement, the damaged head of the thigh bone, or femur, is removed and replaced with a metal “ball.” The damaged surface of the socket, or acetabulum, is removed and replaced with a metal socket. A plastic, ceramic, or metal spacer is inserted between the new ball and the socket to allow for a smooth gliding surface. Some patients may only require a partial hip replacement, in which just the damaged parts of the hip are replaced.
With a new hip joint, most patients experience pain reduction or relief, increased range of motion, and a return to activities such as golf, swimming, walking, and bike riding.
The orthopaedic surgeons at Oakland Regional Hospital perform joint replacement and treat many hip injuries and conditions. If you are experiencing hip pain, discomfort, or a decrease in function or range of motion, click below to make an appointment for a consultation. Or, call the Appointment Hotline at (248) 423-8484.