Hip replacements are the most common type of arthroplasty, or joint replacement, and one of the most successful operations in medicine. The numbers have skyrocketed with nearly 1.5 million undergoing the procedure worldwide. The rapid evolution of joint replacement technology has greatly increased their effectiveness and has reduced recovery times. This would make a great Get well gift for people post-surgery and for wishing a speedy recovery.
FACTS: In a total hip replacement, the damaged bone and cartilage are replaced with prosthetic components. A metal stem fits into the femoral head. A metal or ceramic ball goes on the upper part of this stem. The damaged cartilage surface of the socket is replaced with a metal socket screwed or cemented into place. A spacer allows for a smooth gliding surface. In less than 2 months of recovery time, most patients will be back in action, walking and shaking their hips pain free.