Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Glossary of Terms

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Acetabulum: The cup-shaped socket of the hip joint. The acetabulum is a feature of the pel...

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: The professional organization of American orthop...

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Anatomy: The study of human or animal form, by observation or examination of the living be...

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Anesthesia: Loss of feeling or awareness, as when an anesthetic is administered before sur...

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Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

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Anterior: The front, as opposed to the posterior. The anterior surface of the heart is tow...

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Anticoagulant: An agent that is used to prevent the formation of blood clots. Anticoagulan...

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Blood clots: Blood that has been converted from a liquid to a solid state. Also called a t...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Epidural: Outside the dura, the outermost, toughest, and most fibrous of the three membran...

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Fascia: A flat band of tissue below the skin that covers underlying tissues and separates ...

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Femoral: Having to do with the femur.

Fluoroscopy: An x-ray procedure that makes it possible to see internal organs in motion.

Implant: 1. To embed; to set in firmly. In embryology, the fertilized egg implants ...

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Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Infuse: In medicine, to introduce a solution into the body through a vein. An infusion is ...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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Knee: The knee is a joint which has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the lar...

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Lateral: 1. In anatomy, the side of the body or a body part that is farther from th...

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Leg: In popular usage, the part of the body from the top of the thigh down to the foot, an...

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Limb: An arm or a leg.

Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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Operation: In medicine, a surgical procedure. Many operations are named after persons. The...

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Orthopedics: The branch of surgery that is broadly concerned with the skeletal system. Som...

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Orthopedist: An orthopedic surgeon, a physician who corrects congenital or functional abno...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pain management: The process of providing medical care that alleviates or reduces pain. Mi...

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Participant: 1. In a clinical trial, someone who takes part in it. A participant ma...

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Physical therapist: A person who is trained and certified by a state or accrediting body t...

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Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises...

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Posterior: The back or behind, as opposed to the anterior.

Postoperative: After surgery. As opposed to preoperative, before surgery.

Prosthetic: Referring to a prosthesis, an artificial substitute or replacement of a part o...

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Prothrombin: A coagulation (clotting) factor that is needed for the normal clotting of blo...

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Prothrombin time: A test that is done to gauge the integrity of part of the blood clotting...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Thigh: The thick, muscular portion of the leg that extends from the hip to the knee. The t...

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Thigh bone: The thigh bone in anatomy is called the "femur." Whichever term you care to us...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (die...

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X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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