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Posted by: bones | 2008/07/21

partial hip replacements

doc, why do they replace the whole hip f they can maybe only cap the ball and socket with an artificial joint. Do they do partial hip replacements in South Africa

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Dear Bones
They do in fact only replace the cap and ball part of the hip- the ball is just attached to a metal shaft that is placed in the femur as this is how it it is stabilised. Total hip replacement is used to treat joint failure due to osteo-arthritic changes which affects both the femoral head and the socket it fits into.

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