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Hip joint replacement - series—Procedure, part 2

Procedure, part 2

Overview

Next, the surgeon will:

  • Put the new hip socket in place and insert the metal stem into your thighbone
  • Check your hip's stability and place the correctly sized ball for the new joint
  • Fix all the new parts in place, sometimes with a special cement
  • Repair the muscles and tendons around the new joint
  • Close the incision

A small drainage tube will be placed during surgery to help drain excess fluids from the joint area. A large dressing will cover to the hip area.

Review Date 4/17/2016

Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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