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The Steps Of Hip Replacement Surgery

by Mae Ferguson

As you become older, there is a chance that you could develop hip arthritis. Hip arthritis can develop into a severe condition that can cause severe pain when moving the hips. At this point in time, your doctor may suggest hip replacement surgery to be done by an orthopedic surgeon. Although the sound of surgery sounds complicated and scary, it only requires a few simple steps that orthopedic surgeons know exactly how to complete. In the end, it may help to know what these steps are so you know what to expect. Here are the steps of hip replacement surgery that you will then undergo:    

Remove Damaged Cartilage and Bone:

The first step is to cut the bone of the hip, which allows the surgeon to remove the ball of the hip, which is likely worn from arthritis. This then allows room for the surgeon to insert the new joint, which will allow easy and non-painful movement of the hip.  

Reamer Tool is Used:

The next step is for the orthopedic surgeon to use a tool called a reamer, which is used to scrape away the damaged cartilage and bone. This will leave a smooth surface that is more readily able to accept the new hip replacement. 

Implant is Put in Place:

Now that there is a smooth and clear surface, the implant (or "cup") will be inserted into the socket of the hip, which is then held in place by the pelvis. Eventually, the bone will grow over the implant, which will infuse it into its place even more. 

Femoral Stem Inserted:

Next, the femoral stem is put into place by inserting it into the center of the thigh bone. A metal ball will be placed between the femoral stem and the implant in the hip socket to allow for correct hip movement without the pain. 

Once this last step is complete, the surgery will be done and you will be able to use your hip as normal once again. Be sure that you follow correct follow-up procedures, which will include a few visits to the orthopedic surgery who will check to be sure that the implant is not dislocated. From here, ask an orthopedic surgeon (such as one from Omaha Orthopedic Clinic & Sports Medicine PC) what you can do to keep up with the health of the rest of your bones and joints, which easily become deteriorated as you age. They will be able to provide a few tips based on what they know about your medical health and lifestyle.