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Cemented hip replacements use bone cement to hold the new hip joint in place, while uncemented hip replacements use special screws and other devices to fix the new joint in place.
What is a cemented hip replacement?
A cemented hip replacement is a type of hip replacement surgery in which bone cement is used to attach the new artificial joint to the existing bone. This type of surgery has been found to be very successful in providing patients with long-term pain relief and improved mobility.
What is an uncemented hip replacement?
An uncemented hip replacement, also known as a “resurfacing” hip replacement, is a type of hip replacement surgery where the damaged bone and cartilage are removed and replaced with metal and plastic components. Unlike a cemented hip replacement, no bone cement is used in an uncemented hip replacement. This allows for a more natural fit between the implant and the patient’s bones.
There are many advantages to an uncemented hip replacement, including a quicker and easier surgery, less pain afterwards, and a shorter recovery time.
The advantages and disadvantages of each type of hip replacement
Cemented hip replacements use bone cement to hold the artificial joint in place. This type of surgery is less invasive, so there is less risk of damage to the surrounding tissues. It also has a shorter recovery time. However, cemented hip replacements are not as durable as uncemented ones, so they may need to be replaced sooner. However some disadvantages of this procedure include a higher risk of complications, such as infection and blood clots, higher risk of implant loosening and dislocation.
As we know uncemented hip replacements do not use bone cement. Instead, the artificial joint is held in place by a special coating that allows it to bond with the natural bone. This type of surgery is more invasive, so there is a greater risk of damage to the surrounding tissues. However, uncemented hip replacements are more durable, so they may last longer before needing to be replaced.
How to know when you need a hip replacement
There are a few things that may indicate that you need a hip replacement, such as:
-Persistent pain in the hip joint that limits your activities and has not responded to other treatments
-Decreased range of motion in the hip joint
-Stiffness in the hip joint
-Swelling or deformity in the hip area
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