Total Hip Replacement Guide
The following information is intended to provide you with a general overview of the hip joint.
The hip joint is a part of the body that experiences stress quite often. The life of the hip joint(s) is often dependent upon one's lifestyle and genetic history. Specific functions of the hip joint include supporting body weight, and frequent repetition of movement such as walking, running and crawling. As you know, degeneration of the hip joint can become a painful and debilitating problem.
The hip is a "ball and socket" joint. The "ball" at the top of the thigh bone femur) fits into the "socket" or acetabulum, which is part of the pelvis. The "socket" is covered and lined with tissue called articulator cartilage that aids in cushioning the joint. Wearing away of this cartilage creates a "bone on bone" situation which leads t pain and stiffness. Over time, this "bone on bone" condition can damage the hip to the p joint where it does not function and must be replaced.
Total hip replacement surgery will replace the worn out hip with a prosthesis or "artificial hip." The prosthesis is very strong and durable, and custom fit by your physician to fit your body.