Hip replacement procedures are among the most common around the world, and the number of individuals, especially baby boomers, expected to undergo hip replacement procedures is expected to grow by as much as 25% through the year 2017.
Orthopedic implants and advancements in the field have promoted hip replacement procedures as a viable and long-term option for joint damage caused by arthritis, osteoporosis, and dramatic injuries. On top of that, laparoscopic techniques also result in reduced length of hospital stays and in shortening recovery time.
Dealing with a hip replacement procedure
The type of hip replacement procedure any individual faces depends on their current health, age, and overall condition of the hip joint and surrounding bony structures. Some may be eligible for a partial hip replacement, while others may need a total hip replacement. Your doctor and an orthopedic surgeons working in conjunction will determine this.
Joint replacement prosthetics last 20 years or more today, made of durable metal, plastic or a combination of unique materials known for their longevity and their ability to fit together to create a new hip with some new services that collide against each other naturally, offering ultimate mobility, strength and pain relief.
Your doctor will decide which approach to use for the hip joint replacement procedure, which can include a posterior, anterior or proximal technique, approach or procedure.
During the hip joint replacement procedure, the surgeon separates and removes the neck and ball of the upper femur and then reams out the foam moral canal so that it can accept the stem of a prosthetic. The prosthetic ball portion stem is inserted into the upper end of the femur and cemented, or, depending on fit, is left on cemented. The hip joint socket is then shaped to accept the assertion of the new prosthetic socket into the hip section, and then the doctor tests the range of motion and function of the hip joint before closing the incision.
What's the difference between cemented and uncemented joint replacement?
Cemented hip joint replacement describes a joint replacement procedure as if utilizing the prosthetic stem that is literally cemented in place into a slightly larger canal in the foam moral bone, held in place with epoxy or bonding materials
Uncemented hip joint replacement is involved when the stem of the prosthetic is inserted into the foam moral canal, held in place by the tightness of the fit as is fitted into the bone rather than through the use of Epoque sees or bonding materials.
How much does it cost?
Cost of hip procedures, including resurfacing, replacement (full or partial) as well as stabilization procedures depends on location, severity, approach, and needs of individual patients. In the United States, the cost of a hip replacement procedure averages $45,000, while a patient traveling to Thailand or Singapore may spend approximately $12,000. Cost of the same procedure in India averages $10,000. These disparities in cost or not due to lack of experience, technologies, or high-quality facilities, but differences in health care systems than those found in the United States.
Finding an orthopedic surgeon for hip replacement procedures
An orthopedic surgeon performs most types of hip replacement procedures, and many specialized in laparoscopic or minimally invasive techniques. Such orthopedic surgeons should be certified and experienced in this arena. Make sure that any orthopedic surgeon you choose is board certified and licensed in their country of practice.
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