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Hip FAQ

Question:

I am a small woman (5 feet 1 inch) with small bones. My doctor has advised me to have a total hip replacement for severe arthritis. Do they make new hip joints to fit people like me?

Answer:

The implants are made in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The stem of the implant is placed inside the center of the thighbone. This is called the femoral canal. The size of the femoral canal varies in patients as well. The doctor will choose the right implant for you. This is decided at the time of surgery when the doctor can see the size of your bones and the size and shape of your femoral canal. Thomas E. Brown, MD, et al. Thigh Pain After Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty: Evaluation and Management. In Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. November/December 2002. Vol. 10. No. 6. Pp. 385-392.

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