How to Replace an Artificial Hip Cup

An artificial hip cup is a type of artificial hip joint used during hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery may be performed as the result of trauma, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. A hip replacement is used as a last resort, when conservative measures for treating hip pain and stiffness fail. Over time, your artificial hip cup may become worn and require replacing. An artificial hip cup needs to be replaced by a surgeon.

Instructions

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      Take note of how long ago you had your hip surgery. Hip replacement surgeries are commonly performed in individuals between the ages of 60 and 80, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. With proper care, these replacements can last the remainder of an individual's life. For younger patients, kneeling, sports, vigorous exercise and heavy physical labor can cause an artificial hip cup to become worn or damaged over time.

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      Make an appointment with the surgeon who completed your surgery. If you have relocated, or your doctor has retired, have your medical records from your surgery sent to the new doctor you will be seeing.

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      Attend your doctor's appointment. At your appointment, your doctor will perform a physical examination and take an X-ray to check your artificial hip cup. Your doctor will discuss options to alleviate pain and stiffness. These may include anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, activity modification or surgery to replace your artificial hip cup.

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      Schedule and have surgery. Undergoing another hip replacement can help you to resume normal activities.

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