Total hip arthroplasty

West J Med. 1995 Mar;162(3):243-9.


Total hip arthroplasty, or surgical replacement of the hip joint with an artificial prosthesis, is a reconstructive procedure that has improved the management of those diseases of the hip joint that have responded poorly to conventional medical therapy. In this review we briefly summarize the evolution of total hip arthroplasty, the design and development of prosthetic hip components, and the current clinical indications for this procedure. The possible complications of total hip arthroplasty, its clinical performance over time, and future directions in hip replacement surgery are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hip Prosthesis*
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prosthesis Design