The Hip Joint

The Hip Joint

Articulation between the femur and the innominate bone. A ball and socket formed by the head of the femur, fitting into a concavity, the acetabulum.

Hip replacement is a common occurance amonst older clientelle and it is important to understand what a hip replacement involves. Hip joint replacement is surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis.

An artificial hip joint has 4 parts:

A metal stem that is attached to the shaft of the bone to add stability to the joint.

A metal socket that replaces the original hip socket.

A plastic or ceramic liner that fits inside the socket, allowing the hip to move more smoothly.

A metal or ceramic ball that will replace the round head (top) of the thigh bone.

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