Aggressive hip testing

Using an aggressive testing protocol, we placed our VERILAST Hip implants along with an implant made from cobalt chrome and a standard plastic liner, and an implant made from cobalt chrome and an XLPE liner onto asophisticated machine that continually simulates the cycle of movement required by a normal walking motion... Continue to read

What is a hip fracture?

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), a hip fracture is a break in the upper quarter of the thigh bone (medically known as the femur). The extent of the break depends on the forces that are involved. The type of surgery used to treat a hip fracture is primarily based on the bones and soft tissues affected or on the levtrigel of the fracture... Continue to read

What is hip arthritis?

Arthritis of the hip is a disease which wears away the cartilage between the femoral head, or hip ball, and the acetabulum, or hip socket, causing the two bones to scrape against each other, raw bone on raw bone. When this happens, the joint becomes pitted, eroded and uneven. The result is pain, stiffness and instability, and in some cases, motion of the leg may be greatly restricted... Continue to read

What is hip fracture surgery?

Hip fracture treatment depends on a number of variables. The two main considerations are the exact location of the fracture and whether the fracture is stable or unstable... Continue to read

Anatomy and function of the hip

The hip, a ball-and-socket joint, is the largest weight-bearing joint in the body. When the joint is healthy, the head of the femur (thighbone) forms a round ball that fits into the acetabulum, a cavity at the base of the pelvis that forms the socket... Continue to read

Osteoarthritis of the hip

Osteoarthritis of the hip is a condition commonly referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis. Although the degenerative process may accelerate in persons with a previous hip injury, many cases of osteoarthritis occur when the hip simply wears out... Continue to read

Rheumatoid arthritis of the hip

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disease. For reasons no one fully understands, in rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system - which is designed to protect our health by attacking foreign cells such as viruses and bacteria - instead attacks the body's own tissues, specifically the synovium, a thin membrane that lines the joints. As a result of the attack, fluid builds up in the joints, causing pain in the joints and inflammation that's systemic - meaning it can occur throughout the body... Continue to read

Know your options

Hip pain doesn't necessarily mean hip surgery. There are many options for you to discuss with your doctor to alleviate hip pain... Continue to read

What is the right age for hip surgery?

There are no absolute age or weight restrictions for total hip replacements. Recommendations for surgery are based on a patient's pain and disability, not age... Continue to read

What is hip replacement surgery?

The good news is that if you are considering total hip replacement surgery, you're not alone. According to the hospital billing data, each year more than 340,000 such procedures are performed in the US... Continue to read

When is hip surgery recommended?

There are several reasons why your doctor may recommend hip replacement surgery... Continue to read

How is hip surgery performed?

During hip replacement surgery, the surgeon surgically removes the damaged bone and cartilage of the joint and replaces it with smooth, artificial implants - thereby eliminating painful bone-on-bone contact... Continue to read