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Total Hip Replacement

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Over time, the cartilage or soft tissue cushion between the bones of the hip joint wear down due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, making the bones rub against each other. This can cause stiffness and pain. Total hip replacement surgery or total hip arthroplasty provides relief from severe hip pain as well as restores movement. When pain medications and other non-surgical treatments have failed to provide relief, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend hip replacement surgery.

A total hip replacement procedure involves the following steps:

  • The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a ceramic or metal ball attached to a metal stem.
  • The damaged cartilage surface of the socket is removed and replaced with a metal socket.
  • A ceramic or plastic liner is inserted between the new ball and socket to achieve a smooth gliding surface.

Total Hip Replacement at NYU Winthrop Hospital

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s orthopedic surgeons are highly experienced in the latest techniques and approaches for performing hip replacement surgery. A variety of approaches – anterior, posterior and lateral – can be used by your surgeon. All of these approaches provide excellent access to your hip joint. Each approach has its own indications, benefits and limitations. Similarly, different implant designs are available for your specific situation. Your surgeon will use a detailed evaluation before deciding which approach or implant is best suited for your hip replacement with the goal of achieving the best outcome possible.

NYU Winthrop’s multidisciplinary total hip replacement team will work closely with you to help improve the overall quality of your life. We believe in developing a customized treatment plan for each patient based on shared decision-making, working together with you from the time you make the first phone call.