If your osteoarthritis is affecting your quality of life, your surgeon may recommend surgery.Total hip replacement
In total hip replacement surgery, the surgeon replaces the joint with a metal prosthetic.
The head of the thigh bone (femur) is replaced with a metal ball. A moulded shell with a liner is implanted in the socket (acetabulum) and the metal ball is fitted into the shell.
Today’s modern prosthetics can provide improved joint function and relieve pain for up to 25 years.
Hip resurfacingWith hip resurfacing surgery, broken bits of cartilage are removed from the head of the thigh bone (femur) and the hip socket (acetabulum).
A ball-shaped cap is placed over the head of the thigh bone. The hip socket is smoothed and lined with a molded shell.
Your surgeon may suggest hip resurfacing based on a number of factors including the degree of damage to your joint and your overall health.
Generally, hip resurfacing surgery is a short-term solution to osteoarthritis pain.
Hip precautions after total hip replacement and hip resurfacing
After total hip replacement surgery or hip resurfacing you will have to avoid certain activities for the first three months.
You will not be able to bend your hip past 90 degrees, cross your legs at the ankles or knees, or twist your body or legs.
These activity restrictions will help your joint to heal and reduce the risk of hip dislocation.
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Which procedure is right for me?
For more information about hip replacement or hip resurfacing surgery, or to find out if this is the best surgery for you, talk to your surgeon.