At Tufts Medical Center, our orthopaedic team encourages you to learn as much as you can when considering a hip replacement or hip resurfacing, and please talk with your doctor and your family too.
About Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement has become a common and predictable surgery. The normal hip joint is made up of two main parts: a ball (femoral head) at the top of your thigh bone (femur) and a round socket (acetabulum) in your pelvis.
The operation consists of replacing the upper end of the thigh bone with a metal ball and resurfacing the hip socket in the pelvis with a metal shell or plastic liner allowing for smooth movement of the joint. The artificial joint may be cemented in position or may be attached using special coatings that encourage bone growth.
About Hip Resurfacing
An alternative to total hip replacement that your doctor may recommend is hip resurfacing. This procedure is not as intensive as total hip replacement, allowing for hip preservation and for more active patients to return to the activities they enjoyed prior to having hip problems. The surgery involves the insertion of a synthetic component in the hip joint, stabilizing and strengthening the hip. Since all cases are unique, consult your orthopaedic doctor to determine which hip replacement option is the best fit for you.
To find out even more about n joint replacement and other orthopaedic information, visit The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at AAOS.org.