The first Hip replacement surgery was performed in 1969 in United States. Hip replacement is a procedure in which doctor surgically removes painful joint with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint. Hip replacements offer a reduction in pain.
Why are hip replacements necessary?
If you’re suffering from pain and loss of function in your hips, there are resources you need to learn about non-surgical treatments, joint surgery options and total joint replacement.
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, which allows a wide range of movement, made of a femoral head at the end of the leg that fits within the acetabulum on the pelvis.
In a hip replacement operation, the surgeon replaces the damaged surfaces with artificial parts, which may be made of metal, plastic or ceramic materials.
How is a hip replacement surgery performed?
There are three primary procedures known as “hip replacement.” Once you have been anaesthetized, the surgeon removes the existing hip joint completely. The upper part of the thigh bone is removed and the natural socket for the head of the femur is hollowed out.
During a total hip replacement surgery, both the femoral head and the socket it fits into are removed and replaced with an artificial joint. The main difference is that less of the bone is removed from the femur as only the joint surfaces are replaced with metal inserts.
Is it worth the expense?
A way to measure the worth of a procedure is to compare the cost to the quality years of life it gives a person. The cost of the surgery is high, the improvement to quality of life is great; thus, the overall costs in general are considered low. Your general health of well-being also improves. Nine out of ten people say they would have the same surgery again to treat their arthritis.