Resurfacing Arthroplasty
  HIP Replacements
  Total Hip Replacements
  Knee Replacements
  Oxford Unicondylar Knee Replacements
  Surface Replacement of the Shoulder
   
 
   
 

 
The hip is approached through an incision about 6-9 inches long over the outer side of the hip.
 
The neck of femur (the ball of the joint) is cut away at a precise angle with the help of a power saw
 
After the socket is exposed, it is reamed (sanded) with a pneumatic reamer to take away diseased bone and cartilage. This also gives an indication of the size of the artificial socket to be used.
 
After the socket is glued to the pelvis with a special cement (left), the femur (thigh bone) is rasped and the correct size of the femoral stem is decided. This also is cemented in using the bone cement.
 
Once the socket and the stem have been cemented in, the head (ball) part of the stem is placed inside the socket. It is held there by the pull of the muscles and the configuration of a ball sitting inside a deep socket. The muscles and ligaments are then repaired and the wound closed up leaving in two drains which collect the blood and prevent the wound from getting unduly swollen and under tension.
   
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