Figure 1 showing left hip arthritis and deformity. Comparison is made with the right side which is normal and illustrated with a blue circle and red line to show the right hip ball and socket joint.
Total Hip Replacement
Treatment pathway for patients requiring Total Hip Arthroplasty:
During the pre operative consultation a history will be taken and a clinical examination performed. Radiographs (x-ray images) will also be obtained. If a decision is taken to proceed to surgery, informed consent will be obtained. Patients are encouraged to discuss any issues which is specific or important to them for example returning to a particular sport or activity at this stage.
The overall risk of complications is relatively low after THA but these will be discussed prior to surgery. I base my consenting process on the Orthoconsent pre populated forms which are approved by the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and are available at orthoconsent.com.
The surgical procedure
During the procedure both the ball and socket are replaced. Several options exist for replacing either side of the hip joint (eg with or without using bone cement) and I have been trained in these techniques in some of the most respected and prestigious institutions in the world (The University Of British Columbia, Vancouver and The Exeter Hip Unit).
Figure 1, above shows a hip joint which has been destroyed by arthritis. The red line illustrates the acetabulum (or socket) and the blue line the femoral head (or ball). These are both replaced during the procedure as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Hip replacement surgery
Hip Replacement (Total Hip Arthroplasty )
Arthritis of the hip can be disabling with pain which limits mobility, function, sleep and the ability to perform recreational activities. Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) is a proven technique for successfully treating this condition.
The hip is a ball and socket joint and during the procedure both of these are replaced. Several options exist for replacing either side of the hip joint and I have been trained in these techniques in some of the most respected and prestigious institutions in the world (The University Of British Columbia, Vancouver and The Exeter Hip Unit).
Figure 3: Left total hip replacement