hip replacement

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hip replacement

Etymology: AS, hype
substitution of an artificial ball and socket joint for the hip joint. Hip replacement is performed to relieve a chronically painful and stiff hip in advanced osteoarthritis, an improperly healed fracture, degenerative joint disease, or rheumatoid arthritis. Antibiotic therapy is begun before surgery, and the patient is taught to walk with crutches or a walker. During surgery the femoral head, neck, and part of the shaft are removed, and the contours of the socket are smoothed. A prosthesis of a durable, hard metal alloy or stainless steel is attached to the femur. A metal or a plastic acetabulum is implanted. The affected leg is kept abducted and in straight alignment with pillows; external rotation of the leg must be prevented. The nurse observes nerve function and circulation in the leg frequently during the first postoperative day. The most frequent complications are infection requiring removal of the new joint and dislocation. Ambulation begins gradually, with frequent short walks. Sitting for more than 1 hour is to be prevented, and hip flexion beyond 60 degrees may cause dislocation of the prosthesis. The patient continues an exercise program after discharge to maintain functional motion of the hip joint and to strengthen the abductor muscles. Weight-bearing may be modified according to the type of prosthesis implanted.
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Hip replacements

hip re·place·ment

(hip rē-plāsmĕnt)
Orthopedic surgery involving femoral head prosthetic replacement.

hip replacement

An operation in which the upper end of the thigh bone (femur) is sawn off, a short, angled metal shaft with a smooth metal or ceramic ball on its upper end is forced down into the hollow of the bone, and a plastic cup to fit the ball is fitted to the natural hollow on the side of the pelvis (the ACETABULUM). Advances reported late in 2003 include the use of two short incisions rather than one long incision and access via the separation of muscle planes rather than by cutting muscle. These technical improvements have made it possible for patients to return home the day after their operation.

Patient discussion about hip replacement

Q. Two weeks ago I fell and my back is still aching. What do you recommend I do? I'm 85 years old and have a history of 5 back operations. I fell a few times in the past couple of years, but I usually manage to live on my own and well. Recently I fell and hurt my left leg which is the one that I had a hip operation and of course problems and pain. I have resting and using my walking stick to balance myself better and I try to rest as much as possible. I know that time is the best healer, but i would love to see a video or read about my situation in order to improve my situation and learn new facts or tips. thanks you.


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DePuy and Johnson & Johnson must accept full responsibility for the lost wages and income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering incurred by patients whose ASR hip implant has failed.
Patients who are experiencing problems with their DePuy ASR metal hip implant or have had to undergo revision surgery can learn more about the DePuy hip recall and read answers to frequently asked questions at http://www.
You can contact the hip implant lawyers of Parker McDonald Law Firm at 855-HURT-HIP (855-487-8447) or online at http://hipimplantrecovery.
NEW YORK -- Certain DePuy Hip Implants were recalled in August 2010, owing to an exceptionally high failure rate among those who implanted with the ASR XL Acetabular Hip System or the ASR Hip Resurfacing System.
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Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP represents persons across America injured by defective medical devices, including the DePuy ASR artificial hip implant.
Legal-Bay urges patients who have had any of the above hip implants, whether on recall or not, and are experiencing pain symptoms and/or metallosis C which is cobalt or chromium poisoning of the blood from metal hip fragments- to seek immediate legal counsel.
What should I do if I have been forced to undergo revision surgery or told that my DePuy hip implant is failing?
Legal-Bay advises any patients who have suffered complications or metallosis from a Stryker hip implant to contact a law firm immediately as the time to file a complaint is limited.
com, announced today a prime focus on assisting plaintiffs who have suffered with complications from a Stryker hip implant due to the $1 billion settlement that was announced last week by Stryker Corporation.
Attorneys from the firm have more than a decade of experience in hip implant replacement cases.