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 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 with 97% of patients reporting improved outcome.
In this 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).