Professor MD Thomas Gösling
Partial hip replacement, or hemiarthroplasty, is surgery for replacing the fermoral head degenerated as result of injury and, rarely, wearing out of arthritis. It is also often called half hip replacement as only the one part of the joint is replaced.
Partial hip replacement is more demanded in trauma surgery rather than for arthritis treatment. The reason that arthritis rarely affect a half of the joint only and in the most cases total hip surgery is required for arthritis. Your doctor may consider on partial hip replacement based on the following reasons:
The hip prosthesis devices are performed as a combination of different materials. The bones are replaced with hard materials as metal or porcelain, when plastic spacers and polyethylene imitate cartilage tissues. The most common are implants as following:
Based on type of fixation implants can be divided for cemented and uncemented. The last ones are recommended for younger and more active people as using cementless technology implies the bones growing where the surfaces are contacts.
The surgery for half hip replacement is normally performed under general anesthesia and takes 1-1.5 hours. It is possible to mark out the following stages of the process:
After surgery you should stay in a hospital at least 3-4 day. Normally, during that time you have pain reducing therapy and try doing simple kinds of activities as getting out of your bed independently, enjoying food, using bathroom, walking in the hall with supporting devices and starting doing exercises recommended by your physician.
After discharge you keep getting physiotherapy and increase your activities. You will need special regime avoiding everything that makes you unstable. You will need supporting devices for a few months. You may experience swelling and treat it with compresses.
Step by step you should return to normal life and resume your habitual activities. You may be advised a certain sleeping position for time being and recommended a diet.
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