What is a hip replacement?
Our hip joint is made up of two parts: the hip socket, or acetabulum, a cup-shaped bone in the pelvis, and the “ball”, which is the head of the thigh bone (femur). Over time, your hip joint can become damaged due to wear and tear as we get older, arthritic conditions or injury. If so, you may be referred for a total hip replacement, a surgical procedure to replace the joint.
During the operation, the two parts of your hip joint are removed and replaced with smooth artificial surfaces. These artificial pieces (the prosthesis) are implanted into healthy portions of the pelvis and thigh bone.