FAQs for Hip & Hip Replacement
Who needs hip replacement ?
Hip is a ball and socket joint, if any of the two are damaged beyond repair the patient requires hip replacement.
Clinical conditions which requires hip replacement includes :
- When the joint becomes degenerated or damaged.
- Fracture of head and neck of the ball of the femur (hip bone) in old age.
- Certain fractures of the socket of the hip joint.
AVN (avascular necrosis) :
- Damage to the ball of the hip due to problems with blood circulation.
How to decide which implant is good for THR (total hip replacement) ?
A good implant should have the following qualities :
- Have a lifespan of 20yrs or more.
- Allows normal range of motion and activities.
- Should have a good track record.
- Should be made up of titanium alloy.
- Should allow sports and leisure activities in young patients also.
What is bipolar hip replacement ?
Hip replacement which allows movement at 2 surfaces i.e., ball & artificial socket and artificial and natural socket is termed as bipolar hip replacement.
In bipolar hip replacement the chances of damage to the cartilage and bone of the socket is less as compared to unipolar hip replacement.
Do all hip fractures require replacement ?
Do all hip fractures end up in bed ?
Has incidence of hip fractures increased ?
- Osteoporosis - weakness of bones.
- Chronic diseases of liver and kidney.
- Neurological diseases causing imbalance and fall.
- Road traffic accident.
- Fall in bathroom or wet floor.