Each year, an estimated 300,000 people in the United States undergo some form of hip replacement surgery. Thanks to recent technological advances, there are several options for hip replacement, allowing the surgeon to customize the best regimen for each individual hip replacement candidate.
First, the bones in the hip are exposed by an incision. The damaged sections of bone are removed to make room for the replacement components. The thighbone receives a metal alloy stem and ball, and the pelvis receives a metal cup and liner. Traditionally, the metal cup is lined with plastic polyethylene which replaces the damaged cartilage. This implant allows for smooth and flexible mobility.
Your surgeon will evaluate your specific condition and may be able to tell you which option will provide the most favorable results.