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What is total hip replacement surgery for osteoarthritis?

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Osteoarthritis is when inflammation and injury to a joint break down the cushioning cartilage tissue. One treatment is total hip replacement surgery. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket mechanism. The ball is located at the top of the thigh bone (femur). Total hip replacement surgery replaces the damaged ball with a metal ball. The hip socket is resurfaced using a metal shell and a plastic liner.

SOURCES:

NIA Age Page: "Arthritis Advice."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip."

MedlinePlus: "Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

NIA Age Page: "Arthritis Advice."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip."

MedlinePlus: "Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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