The hip is one of the body’s largest joints. It is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket is formed by the acetabulum, which is part of the large pelvis bone. The ball is the femoral head, which is the upper end of the femur (thighbone).
The bone surfaces of the ball and socket are covered with articular cartilage, a smooth tissue that cushions the ends of the bones and enables them to move easily.
A thin tissue called synovial membrane surrounds the hip joint. In a healthy hip, this membrane makes a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage and eliminates almost all friction during hip movement.
Bands of tissue called ligaments (the hip capsule) connect the ball to the socket and provide stability to the joint.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with any surgical procedures, you are entitled to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner of your choice.
Arthritis literally means “inflammation of a joint.” In some forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, the inflammation arises because the smooth covering (articular cartilage) on the ends of the bones become damaged or worn. Osteoarthritis is usually found in one, usually weight-bearing, joint.
In other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the joint lining becomes inflamed as part of a disease process that affects the entire body. Some other types of arthritis are: seronegative spondyloarthropathies, crytalline deposition diseases, and septic arthritis.
Arthritis is a major cause of lost work time and serious disability for many people. Although arthritis is mainly a disease of adults, children may also have it.
If you have experienced discomfort and pain in the hip region and have explored other options with no success, then a hip replacement may be the best option. Talk to the experts at Oz Orthopaedics about your condition and discuss a wide range of treatment options. Many people suffer through intense pain unnecessarily, but there are always options for treatment and pain relief.
Our hip treatments are proven to successfully reduce pain in patients and increase mobility and joint movement throughout the hip region. Other benefits include increased strength, better sleep and an overall improvement in the quality of life. The hips are a central pillar of smooth and pain-free body movement. Keeping them functioning at an optimum level is the best way to lead a healthy lifestyle.
We offer a range of services. Whether you’re in need of hip arthroscopy, resurfacing and revision or bikini, standard or total hip replacement – Oz Orthopaedics are your trusted, experienced specialists.
The Anterior hip Replacement is a form of hip replacement performed from the front of the hip as opposed to the traditional hip replacement done from the back (Posterior hip replacement) or side of the hip (Anterolateral hip replacement)
The main indications for anterior hip surgery are significant degenerative arthritis (primary or secondary) or inflammatory process (rheumatoid) affecting the hip joint and resulting in increased pain, reduced mobility and function. It can also be performed for fractured hips in some cases.
Hip arthroscopy is a keyhole surgery of the hip for certain hip joint conditions and is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. There are only a small number of hip arthroscopy surgeons in Australia, and, as it is a developing area of treatment, they have undergone extensive training to perform this procedure.
This article is an introduction to total joint replacement surgery. Comprehensive information on specific types of joint replacement — such as for the hip, knee, shoulder, or wrist — can be found in separate articles devoted to those topics. Direct links to individual joint replacement topics are provided in the “Related Articles” section of this page.
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.
This is carried out when Anterior Minimally Invasive Surgery is not feasible. These conditions include Hip Dysplasia, Congenital Dislocation of the hip, Revision hip Surgery where access to the hip is best achieved through a traditional Posterior approach as this can be extended if required.
Resurfacing is a bone preserving procedure indicated in younger more active patients with adequate bone density and is an ideal alternative to a more intense total hip replacement.
Revision hip replacement surgery is necessary when some or all of a previous hip surgery has proven to be unsuccessful or is causing discomfort and complications. The treatment required will vary greatly depending on the individual patient’s reaction to their initial hip replacement.
Hip replacement has become a necessary and efficient solution for your arthritic hip, and is a proven and effective operation that should give you many years of freedom from pain.
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