Hip Procedures at L+M
For many patients, a hip operation can greatly increase one's ability to move without pain, fostering a return to a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Total Hip Replacement
In this operation, the upper portion of the femur (thigh bone) is cut so that it is able to accept a metal stem which has an artificial ball on the top. The ball then fits into an artificial socket that is secured to the patient’s pelvic bone.
An option for patients who are not suffering from degenerative bone loss, the surgeon can shave down the ball of the hip, removing the arthritis, and then cap it with metal. Benefits of this procedure include bone conservation and preservation of the head of the femur by reshaping, rather than removing,the bone.
Revisions of Hip Replacement
For patients who have had previous hip surgery, there are times when the parts wear out, break or need adjusting. Revisions can mean replacement of some or all the parts of a previous artificial hip.
Typically used for fractures of the hip in the elderly, this operation essentially replaces a broken ball joint but not the socket.