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Total Hip Replacement (cont.)

During the Procedure

  • You will arrive at the hospital usually on the day of surgery.
  • An anesthesiologist will meet with you to discuss various options for anesthesia.
    • You may have general anesthesia, in which you will be completely unconscious.
    • You may have regional anesthesia that will numb you from the waist down and keep you moderately sedated.
  • The surgeon will expose your hip joint and dislocate the ball from the socket.
    • The doctor removes the head from the femur (thighbone) and reams away the surface of the socket.
    • The doctor secures in place a prosthetic cup (socket) made of polyethylene.
    • The surgeon then secures a metal head (ball) and stem into the femur either by a press fit or with bone cement.
    • The doctor places the ball into the cup and takes your new hip through a range of motion to ensure proper stability and mobility.
    • The surgeon closes your incision, and you are brought to the recovery room.

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