Total Hip Replacement

Helping Bones & Joints Work Better
The hip is a Ball and Socket type joint, which occasionally needs replacement.
When the hip joint is diseased, damaged & painful, and the disability due to its pain and/or deformity is significantly limiting normal life and function, the hip is replaced with an artificial joint.
Typically, the acetabulum or socket or cup is replaced with a titanium 'cup', with a 'liner' of current generation Polyethylene, or Ceramic. The upper end of the thigh bone is implanted with a titanium 'stem', upon which is placed a ball or 'head' made of cobalt-chrome steel or Ceramic.
Once the Head is located back in the liner within the cup, the hip stability is dependent on the soft tissues and muscles around the hip.
There are certain basic precautions common to all patients that would need to be observed after the hip replacement, such as avoiding to squat [Indian Toilet position] or sit cross legged. Some more precautions may be advised based on specific issues with that patient's hip.
After a hip replacement, function is expected to improve, with gradual walking started under the supervision of the team, in hospital. Initially, support with a walker is recommended, until confidence with the new hip develops, and muscles around the hip are capable of stable gait. Some patients may need a cane when walking outdoors, depending on their age, balance and confidence.
The target after a hip replacement is to achieve a mobile, stable, pain free joint, that will enable the patient to return to most of his activities of his or her life.