Arthritis can lead to not only physical pain
for a person when it involves a joint but there are also deformities that can develop
as a result of arthritis. If you are experiencing pain, if you have
one of these deformities that we will discuss those are signs that it might be a benefit
for you to go and be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. The hip is a ball and socket joint and there
are certain diseases which can cause people to develop wear and tear of the cartilage
on the surface of that ball and socket joint. Diseases such as osteoarthritis, avascular
necrosis, those type of things can lead people to develop bone on bone contact in that ball
and socket joint. This is a very painful condition. This can
lead people to have difficulty with normal day-to-day activities such as walking distances,
tying their shoes, getting in and out of a low car. It can even cause people to have
difficulty sleeping at night because pain will awaken them. When we are treating arthritis of the hip, commonly, we will discuss the option of a total hip replacement surgery. In a total hip replacement, what is being
replaced is both the ball and the socket of the hip joint.
This is an example of a hip socket and this is an example of the metal shell that we would
use in order to replace the worn out socket in the ball and socket joint of the hip.
Here is an example of the implant where I have replaced not only the socket, here, but
the ball as well and the particular implants that we have available to show you here today
involve a metal socket, a plastic liner inside the socket, a metal stem that goes inside
the femur bone and in this case a ceramic ball that goes on the end of the stem of the
femur. This ball goes into the plastic socket and
becomes the new ball and socket joint of the hip and it eliminates that bone-on-bone contact
and is significantly helpful in relieving pain for people who have advanced arthritis
of the hip. Really when we’re describing the cons of surgery, the main issues are the potential risks of surgery, things like infection, bleeding, nerve injury, blood clots, complications with
anesthesia. Before the surgery, we will have a patient
work with their doctor to make sure they are as healthy as possible before an operation. That
helps us to really limit those risks as much as possible.
The pros of doing a hip replacement or a knee replacement surgery are that by eliminating
the bone-on-bone contact, by eliminating that arthritis pain for people; it can restore
a healthy and active lifestyle. It can allow people to get back to a very
much more significantly pleasant quality of life.
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