Joint deterioration can affect every aspect of a person's life. In its early stages it is common for people to ignore the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but as the disease progresses, activities like walking, driving and standing become challenging, painful and very difficult.
Hip replacement surgery removes the arthritic ball of the upper femur (thighbone) as well as the damaged cartilage from the hip socket. The ball is replaced by a metal or ceramic ball that is solidly fixed to a stem inserted into the femur. The socket is replaced with a metal cup, which is fixed to the acetabulum, or socket.
The implants are designed to create a new, smoothly functioning joint that prevents painful bone-on-bone contact.
About the Hip
The orthopedic specialists at Westlake are dedicated to innovative and minimally invasive treatment of patients with hip pain. Injuries like labral tears, impingement and cartilage damage can cause debilitating hip pain. With techniques like arthroscopic hip surgery, many hip injuries can be diagnosed and repaired with outpatient surgeries, allowing patients and athletes to return to their activities, and to delay or prevent hip replacement.
Call (866) 938-7256 for more information or to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Westlake.
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