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21 Jul 2008

partial hip replacements
doc, why do they replace the whole hip f they can maybe only cap the ball and socket with an artificial joint. Do they do partial hip replacements in South Africa
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Healthy Bones
Healthy Bones

01 Jan 0001

Dear Bones
They do in fact only replace the cap and ball part of the hip- the ball is just attached to a metal shaft that is placed in the femur as this is how it it is stabilised. Total hip replacement is used to treat joint failure due to osteo-arthritic changes which affects both the femoral head and the socket it fits into.
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