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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.

Update Date 10/18/2015

Updated by: Gordon A. Starkebaum, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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