How Hip Replacement is performed?
Hip replacement surgery was first performed in 1960 and is one of the most successful surgeries in all of medicine. Since 1960, there has been significant improvements in joint replacement surgical techniques and technology which have greatly increased the effectiveness of total hip replacement.
- A hip replacement is generally carried out under a general anaesthetic.
- The surgeon makes an incision into the hip, removes the damaged hip joint andreplaces it with an artificial joint made of a metal alloy or in some cases, ceramic.
- It takes around 60-90 minutes for completion of a Hip Replacement surgery.
What are the Implants used in Hip Replacement?
Cases of some metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacements wearing sooner than expected has been recorded, causing deterioration in the bone and tissue around the hip. There are also concerns that they could leak traces of metal into the bloodstream
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued new guidelines that certain types of MoM devices should be checked every year while the implant is in place. This is so any potential complications can be picked up early.
You should also see your doctor if you have:
- Pain in the hip, leg or groin
- Swelling in or near hip joint
- Problems walking
- Clunking/Grinding from the hip
These symptoms don't necessarily mean your device is failing, but they do need diagnosis.