Atlantic Orthopaedic Associates, LLC
Arthritis is first treated with
conservative methods such as physical
therapy, pain management and
cortisone injections. When such
treatment is no longer helpful in
managing the symptoms of hip arthritis,
the next line of treatment is a Total Hip
Replacement (fig. 4).
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This surgery involves removing the damaged cartilage and
bone and replacing them with prosthetic implants (fig. 5)
that restore normal hip function. It eliminates the
arthritic pain and allows for smooth hip motion.
The arthritic femoral head (“ball”) is removed. A hip
implant is placed down the canal (or “medullary canal”)
of the femur bone. This component provides the stability
and fixation needed in the patient’s femur. A metallic ball
is then implanted onto the femoral stem. This acts as
the hip’s new femoral head.
The acetabulum (or “socket”) is prepared by removing all
the arthritic cartilage that exists with a special reamer.
The prepared socket if then fit with a metallic shell
which acts as the new socket. The shell is sometimes
secured with screws if needed. Within the shell, a
special “liner” is implanted that’s acts as the new smooth
surface that the ball will articulate with. These liners are
made of various materials including: ceramics,
polyethelene (plastic), and metal. Your orthopedic
surgeon can explain the advantages and disadvantages
of these options based on the patient’s age and activity