Total Hip Replacement
The Total Hip Replacement surgery removes damaged bone and cartilage from the hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint (prosthesis). An artificial ball connected to a stem replaces the ball of your thighbone. An artificial cup, shaped like a bowl, replaces the worn socket. These parts fit to create a new artificial hip that works almost exactly like your natural hip joint. All parts have smooth surfaces for comfortable movement once you have healed from surgery. The prosthesis is usually made of a wear-resistant plastic (polyethylene) and a metal (titanium, stainless steel, or cobalt), depending on what your doctor determines is best for you. The artificial ball and socket are held in place by bone cement or by your bone growing into the prosthesis, or by a combination of both.
Deciding to Have Hip Replacement
Providence orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. E. Anthony Rankin, featured on NIH Senior Health, describes the criteria for hip replacement surgery.
Connect with one of our orthopedic physicians or call our physician referral services line at 1-855-823-WELL (9355).
To learn more about Providence’s Orthopedic Services, call us at (202) 534-4400.