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Partial Hip Replacement

The hip joint is very large and it takes on most of the weight for the body. It is where the femur and the pelvis are joined. This is a ball and socket type of joint. The joint is covered by cartilage so it is smooth and it makes the movement a gliding type of process. When a person needs a partial hip replacement, also known as a hip, Hemiarthroplasty, they will need to undergo surgery in order to help the fractured hip to recover. Only about half of the ball section of the hip joint is affected. It will be replaced with a prosthesis made out of metal.

Surgical procedure

A person obtaining a partial hip replacement will be put under anesthesia. An incision is made on the outer region of the hip. The top of the femur is removed so the prosthesis can be created and inserted. A stem of it will be in the femoral bone. The metal ball is going to be connected at top of the femoral bone.

The process involves creating strong and healthy socket and joint again for the hip to perform as it should. If a person has weak bones, it may need to be cemented into place to ensure it is going to be secure. The age of the person and their overall bone condition will play a role in the exact process that will be used to complete the partial hip replacement surgery. Once the incisions are closed, they are dressed to help reduce the risk of any infection.

After surgery

The post-procedural instructions to be followed hip hemiarthroplasty include:

  • You will be prescribed medications to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Crossing your legs should be avoided
  • Avoid lifting of heavy objects
  • Avoid bending and twisting your hip. Instead use grabbers to pick the things
  • Avoid standing for long hours
  • Use an elevated toilet seat
  • Avoid sitting on low chairs
  • Your surgeon may recommend physical therapy to strengthen the joint and the muscles and to help restore mobility to the hip joint

It is important to follow all of the instructions after a partial hip replacement. You may need to take medication to reduce pain and to help reduce inflammation. You won’t be able to sit with your legs crossed for a period of time. You will need to avoid any heavy lifting or bending. You can use a grabber to pick up items so your hip can heal correctly.

You aren’t going to be able to stand for long periods of time. The use of an elevated toilet seat and chair are recommended. If your doctor suggests physical therapy, make sure you keep all scheduled appointments. This will help you to get your joints and muscles stronger and to restore overall hip mobility.

Complications of hip hemiarthroplasty include infection, dislocation, deep vein thrombosis, loosening of the prosthesis, and failure to relieve pain. Discuss with your surgeon if you have concerns regarding hip hemiarthroplasty surgery.


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