A new hip hip hooray
Turning from four legged animals to upright human beings was a major development in our evolution. However, this hasn’t done our hip joints any favours! Ever since we assumed an upright posture, arthritis of the hip joint has affected mankind.
There may be several contributory causes that contribute to the development of hip arthritis but they all lead to symptoms of pain, stiffness and loss of function.
Groin pain is the most common symptom from hip problems; this can be associated with pain going down the thigh or even to the front of the knee; there may also be pain elsewhere in the buttocks or back – the difference between hip pain and back pain can be quite difficult to tell apart.
Like most medical procedures, there are a number of variations and in hip replacement, there are alternatives such as cemented total hip replacement, hybrid total hip replacement, uncemented total hip replacement and hip resurfacing.
Hip resurfacing can involve replacing the damaged surfaces in the hip joint with metal parts and with less bone removal; while total hip replacement involves replacing both the natural socket and the rounded ball at the top of the thigh bone with artificial parts. With total hip replacement, again there are a number of alternatives. The artificial hip parts can be made from metal, ceramic or plastic; a metal ball with a plastic socket is very common. The hip joints can be fixed into place with a special “bone cement” or may be coated with a chemical that encourages natural bone to grow into the prosthetic joint to fit it into place. Sometimes artificial joints may be fixed using bone screws.
The operation means a hospital stay and is usually done under general anaesthesia although in some cases hip replacements can be achieved under epidural anaesthesia which numbs feeling but means you stay awake during the operation.
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