By Stuart J. Fischer MD

Counseled by means of the yank Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons! no matter if you or a relative have lately had a hip alternative or are contemplating or making plans the surgical procedure, this publication deals aid! a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Hip alternative supplies authoritative, sensible solutions on your questions on the factors of joint ailment and the main points of surgical procedure to alleviate soreness and increase functionality of the hip. This e-book presents resources of aid from either the medical professional s and sufferer s viewpoints. Dr. Fischer, knowledgeable orthopedic health care professional, covers subject matters comparable to hip affliction, prognosis, cures, surgical procedure, hazards, and attainable issues. a useful source for a person dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of hip alternative!

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It is done to diagnose infection or loosening. Joint fluid can be removed and sent to the laboratory for culture. In this way, it can be determined if there are any bacteria or there is an infection in the joint. Loosening When one or both components of a hip replacement is no longer securely fixed to bone. Diagnosis 21. What is an arthrogram? When is it done? If there is loosening of one of the components, the contrast material will penetrate the space around the component between the component and the bone.

This is to make sure that your have adequate circulation. Poor circulation can cause pain in your thigh and leg and may limit your walking. If there are no pulses, arterial disease should be ruled out as a cause of pain. It is critical to make sure that blood circulation in the leg is adequate if surgery is being planned. A peripheral neurologic examination of your leg is important. This is done to make sure that there are no associated neurologic conditions causing pain. Diagnosis A peripheral neurologic examination of your leg is important.

The joint is said to be bone on bone. Sometimes it looks as if the ball and socket are fused together. The head of the femur may become deformed and the surface may have a flattened appearance. In long standing cases, the bone may become hard or sclerotic. It will have a dense whitish look on x-ray. QXP 1/12/10 2:11 PM Page 44 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT HIP REPLACEMENT Bony projections form at the edges of the femoral head. These are called bone spurs or osteophytes. In rare cases, x-rays may show that the ball has pushed completely through the socket and into the pelvis.

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