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Total hip replacement surgery is typically prescribed for patients who suffer from irreversibly worn cartilage in the hip socket. Cartilage is soft tissue that serves as a cushion between bones. Osteoarthritis (wear of cartilage over time), rheumatoid arthritis (an immune disorder that destroys cartilage) and trauma-related arthritis (due to injury) are leading causes for total hip replacement surgery.
In total hip replacement surgery, the diseased "ball" of the thigh bone (femoral head) and damaged articular cartilage lining the hip "socket" (acetabulum) are removed. As the following hip replacement video illustrates, the femur is hollowed out to make room for a stem component, to which a ball-shaped device is attached. Likewise, a metal shell, with a cushioning lining, is fitted over the acetabulum socket.
The orthopedics departments of John C. Lincoln Hospitals invite you to watch the following overview of total hip replacement surgery.