Long-Term Evaluation of Total Hip Arthroplasty

  • Frederick J. Dorey


Total hip arthroplasty is one of the most successful medical procedures available today. In the short term, the patient receiving an artificial hip implant can almost always be guaranteed substantial pain relief, greatly improved range of motion, and an improved quality of life. Unfortunately, many patients will, over time, experience a subsequent loosening of their prosthesis and a return of the clinical symptoms that led to the original arthroplasty. The failure of the original (or index) surgery becomes complete when additional surgery is required, usually leading to a revision surgery (the removal of the original implant and insertion of a new prosthesis). Generally, the results of such a revision surgery are not expected to be as good as with the original surgery. However, most patients will not require such a revision surgery until many years after the index surgery, and many older patients will live their lifetime without the need for any subsequent surgery.


Revision Surgery Acetabular Component Prosthesis Survivorship Aseptic Revision Substantial Pain Relief 


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