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Total Hip Replacement

State-of-the-art total hip replacement includes a minimally invasive approach, state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated strategy for surgical pain relief, and return to full function.

Minimally invasive hip replacement not only uses a smaller skin incision than previously employed, but also preserves muscles and ligaments. Patients are on their feet and walking sooner and better.

Minimally invasive anterior approach surgery takes advantage of an interval or space between two muscles in the front of the thigh. The surrounding muscles and tendons are left intact. The hip feels secure and people rapidly return to regular activities of living.

Minimally invasive posterior approach total hip surgery is especially useful for patients with difficult anatomical problems. It may allow for a better exposure of the of the hip at the expense of greater dissection and tissue division.

Most total hips are made of titanium engineered to allow the surrounding bone to grow into the metal. The moving part of the hip joint is a ball and socket. The most commonly used socket material is called cross-linked polythelene, and the most commonly used ball is made of cobalt chrome. Laboratory studies suggest this combination may last thirty to forty years. A ceramic ball combined with the same cross-linked polyethylene has been estimated to last 100-120 years.

Total Hip Replacement