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Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement Introduction

Total hip replacement (THR) is a treatment option for late-stage degenerative hip disease, also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis. THR is one of the most successful and common surgical procedures in orthopedic surgery. In addition to marked reduction in pain and improvement in sleep, most people regain range of motion, physical ability, and quality of life.

  • The hip joint is composed of a ball and socket, with the surface of each covered by cartilage.
  • A number of conditions and diseases can cause the cartilage surfaces to degenerate, which in turn leads to pain, stiffness, loss of hip joint range of motion, and disability.
  • Surgeons replace both the ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) during total hip replacement surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2014

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