Daddy is having hip replacement surgery on Monday. Since my brain often flutters around like a butterfly and I am minimal medical knowledge (Daddy is a paramedic - I call him or Twin or sister or mommy if I have medical questions... or I call the nurse or the ER)... I looked it up on the internet. Here's what I found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_replacement
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Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. Hip replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi (half) replacement. Such joint replacementorthopaedic surgery generally is conducted to relieve arthritispain or fix severe physical joint damage as part of hip fracture treatment. A total hip replacement (total hip arthroplasty) consists of replacing both the acetabulum and the femoral head while hemiarthroplasty generally only replaces the femoral head. Hip replacement is currently the most successful and reliable orthopaedic operation[citation needed] with 97% of patients reporting improved outcome.
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X-ray, the patient’s right hip (left of image) has been replaced, with the ball of this ball-and-socket joint replaced by a metal head that is set in the thighbone or femur and the socket replaced by a white plastic cup (clear in this X-ray). Pelvic anatomy consistent with that of a female (large infrapubic angle, large pelvic opening).



buckwheat
2/2/2011 05:32:58

bravo on the lookup! i actually know what an acetabulum is! basically, it's the hollow cup-like area that the head of the femur sits and pivots in. there's your anatomy lesson for the day =)

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5/6/2011 23:53:54

Thanks for sharing your experience! And great job on researching about your father's condition.

Would you happen to know the product he used for his hip replacement? There have been at least over a thousand complaints against a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement device. There are resources in the web like the <b><a href="http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com">DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit</a></b> site that gives out the latest updates regarding the product.

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