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Steps of a Hip Replacement


Updated June 29, 2014

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Diagnosis of Hip Arthritis
hip arthritis surgery operation
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Hip arthritis is a common cause of hip pain. If hip arthritis becomes severe, a hip replacement procedure may be recommended. Hip arthritis causes the cartilage of the joint to wear out over time.

The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint -- the ball rotates within the socket to allow hip movement. The ball and the socket are covered with a layer of smooth cartilage. This cartilage allows for the hip joint to move freely. When the cartilage lining of the joint wears out, hip movements become stiff and painful.

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