Hip arthroplasty is also called a hip replacement; this can be partial or total. Hip arthroplasty replaces a damaged hip joint with an artificial joint called prosthesis. The prosthesis unit is a ceramic or metal ball component that fits into an artificial socket. The new socket is inserted into the hipbone are commonly constructed of metal, plastic or ceramic materials.
Your doctor may utilize a number of diagnostic tests to determine efficacy of your hip joint, its function and your suitability for a partial or total hip replacement, including:
The approach and type of hip replacement you receive will depend on your condition, your doctor and surgeon's recommendation and your current state of health. The procedure generally takes two to three hours, but again depends on the approach. You'll be encouraged to move your hip as soon as possible following the procedure to help healing and enhance circulation. You may need to wear compression stockings to prevent blood clots. As soon as you're able, you'll be encouraged to start physical rehabilitation therapy.