What is a hip replacement?
A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure for replacing the hip joint. This joint is made up of two parts, the hip socket (acetabulum, a cup shaped bone in the pelvis) and the “ball” or head of the thigh bone (femur).
During the operation, these two parts are removed and replaced with smooth artificial surfaces. These artificial pieces (the prosthesis) are implanted into healthy portions of the pelvis and thigh bone.