Hip replacement surgery provides pain relief and restores movement to people who have hip pain or stiffness. Most hip replacements are performed to remedy hip arthritis. This is where cartilage between the bones of the hip joint wears down. The bones then scrape together, causing more damage, as well as pain and stiffness. Surgery can also be used to fix injuries such as bone breaks, hips that grow incorrectly, and other conditions.
Types of Hip Replacement Surgery
Total Hip Replacement, also referred to as hip arthroplasty, is the most common replacement surgery. In this surgery, worn-out or damaged sections ofthe hip are replaced with artificial implants.
Anterior hip replacement surgery does not require the surgeon to cut thigh muscle. For this reason, it can reduce pain and offer even shorter recovery times. It also requires special tools and training, and is not suitable for all patients.
Hip Resurfacing Surgery is a procedure in which the femoral head is NOT removed, but is instead trimmed and capped. The damaged bone and cartilage within the socket is then removed and replaced.