What is Hemiarthroplasty?

The “ball-and-socket” hip joint is composed of two major components — The curved head of the femur (known as the thighbone) and the cup-like pelvic region known as the acetabulum. Injury, traumatic accident, age-related degeneration and illness can damage one or both elements of the hip joint. Sometimes, the neck of the femur is fractured but the cartilage and bone of the hip socket have not been affected. In this situation, it is generally far easier on the body to replace the impaired head of the femur instead of the entire hip joint.

During a hemiarthroplasty, the impaired top of the thighbone is removed. This allows the surgeon to place a smooth, metal implant in its place. Even if the fracture is located just slightly below the head of the femur, a hemiarthroplasty may be necessary as blood supply to the top of the bone can be disrupted by lower breaks and will eventually cause the femur head to crumble away if it is not modified. Hemiarthroplasties also offer a solution for many patients with severe osteoporosis, who cannot undergo many methods of fracture treatment.

After a hemiarthroplasty procedure, medicine, physical therapy and other conservative recovery tactics may be required to aid in healing.

Our Treatment Approach

The team of experienced orthopedic experts at OrthoCARE Institute is fully committed to restoring your well-being after a femoral fracture. During your initial visit, one of our surgeons will determine the severity of your condition. Diagnostic and imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs or CT scans, may be requested to understand the full scope of your condition. We can then design a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs and goals.

Although we generally prefer non-invasive treatments that impose minimal strain on the body, femoral fractures often necessitate surgical intervention. If your injury only involves the upper femur, a hemiarthroplasty may be an integral part of your care. Often, hemiarthroplasties are quite beneficial in that they typically allow patients to avoid total hip replacement surgeries.

To learn more about hemiarthroplasty procedures or OrthoCARE Institute, don’t hesitate to call us directly at 972-255-5588 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. Your health is our top priority and we look forward to helping you regain your quality of life!

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