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Hip replacement surgery is a procedure that removes a damaged hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint that is designed to function like a natural hip. The procedure is generally offered to individuals who have severe osteoarthritis that has deteriorated the cartilage, which cushions the bones of the hip, leaving the bones themselves vulnerable to damage. Osteoarthritis is a condition that can cause progressive pain, inflammation and problems with mobility. Replacement of the hip joint is usually recommended when medications, physical therapy and other methods of treatment no longer provide relief from pain. Most total hip replacement surgeries are done on individuals between the ages of 50 and 80. However, hip replacement may also be an option for younger individuals with hip joints that have been severely damaged in accidents or from other medical problems. Replacing the hip joint allows individuals to return to normal activities, without pain or range-of-motion problems. Today’s artificial hip joints are expected to last an average of 15 to 20 years before a revision procedure is required.

How Does a Hip Replacement Procedure Work?

Before surgery, your orthopedic physician will perform a number of tests to determine the extent of damage in your hip joint and decide what type of artificial joint is best for your needs. You will be given sufficient information about the surgical procedure, your part in the process and what you can expect during and after the surgery. On the day of surgery, you will be anesthetized to keep you comfortable during the procedure. The surgeon will then make an incision on the side of the affected hip, move the muscles that surround the hip and remove the ball portion of the ball-and-socket joint that makes up the hip. The artificial hip is then attached to the thighbone, using special materials. The surface of the hipbone is prepared, and the artificial socket portion is attached. The ball is then fitted into the socket, the muscles are returned to their normal position and the incision is closed. After surgery, patients undertake several weeks or months of physical therapy to help them achieve full strength and range-of-motion on the new hip.

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