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Patient education information on hip arthritis and hip replacement surgery
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Patient education information on hip problems in children
Trauma (9)
Patient education information about hip fractures and injuries


Surface Hippy Info - Hip Resurfacing, an Alternative to Total Hip Replacement, a Global Patient website

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This website is created by hip resurfacing patients (surface hippies) for the global community of surface hippies to collect and share a comprehensive knowledgebase on resurfacing, scientific and anecdotal statistics; and personal stories to help people return to happy and productive lives, and to pay it forward to future generations.


The re-emergence of hip resurfacing as a viable option worldwide is largely due to patient-driven demand.  To ensure the long-term success of resurfacing, patients must educate and empower themselves to make the right decisions about the surgeons and procedures they choose.


Patients need to know what questions to ask to find the right surgeon, as well as to send a message to the doctors who aren't current with the most successful techniques.


Complicated cases require the very best surgeons, and there is quite a range in skill and experience.  You need the most accurate information you can get, because your quality of life depends on it.  And nobody cares about your quality of life as much as you do.  Welcome!

OWL editor's note. The following statement appears on this site "Surface Hippy Info is not financially controlled by or affiliated with any device manufacturers, surgeons or medical centers performing this procedure."

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Hip Anatomy

The hips, along with the knees, are the large weight-bearing joints that allow you to walk, sit, bend and turn. As the body's most flexible, free-moving joint, a healthy hip can move back and forth, swing from side to side and perform twisting motions. This remarkable range is possible because of the hip joint's ball-and-socket design. The upper part of the femur (thigh bone) narrows down to a "neck" that ends in a round, ball-like "head". On the pelvis, a number of bony plates fuse together during growth to create a cup-like socket, called the acetabulum, into which the femoral head fits snuggly. Dense cartilage lines the acetabulum and coats the femoral head, providing shock-absorption and friction-free glide surfaces as the joint rotates through its range of motion. Strips of tough, flexible tissue, called ligaments, form a capsule around the junction of ball and socket, as well as lashing the femur to the pelvis. An overlay of different muscles and tendons that attach to the pelvis and bony points on the femur provide the mechanical leverage necessary for motion.

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Hip and Lower Back Pain

Expert advice on why hip pain occurs and how you can help to remove the problem. Valuable advice, tips and information on hip and lower back pain.

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Hip Fractures and Physiotherapy Implications

Hip fractures refers to a break, crack, discontinuity of the bone of the hip. These injuries are very commonly caused by osteoporosis (brittle bones) and are classified to the location of fracture. Hip fractures are either a fragility-linked fracture, which is likely due to osteoporosis weakened bones with a mild trauma; or traumatic-fractures in younger individuals due to motor vehicle accidents, sports or falls from heights.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms are usually presentations of moderate to significant pain, and inability to weight bear on the affected leg or hip, much less walk on it. Upon examinations, patient's hip joint is often in partial flexion and hip externally rotated.

Risk factors

Higher risk factors includes: ageing, osteoporosis, metabolic diseases, cancer, bone infection.


Most of the time, surgical intervention is prescribed where patient has an implanted orthoses to support the hip and fracture. Following surgery is usually a lot of pain, decreased mobility. Physiotherapy involvement before and after surgery is paramount to the amount of mobility, function and independence in the long run.

Physiotherapy would include chest physiotherapy to ensure chest is strong and clear from any infections, exercise therapy to decrease swelling, increase blood flow and range of motion, decrease stiffness. In the earlier rehab stages, more focus will be on simple and short distance mobility, but as the fracture heals and strengthens, we will increase the intensity, duration and frequency to include more tough exercises such as stair climbing, incline and recline grounds etc.

Post operation

Our patients with hip fractures respond well to physiotherapy and exercise therapy post operatively. Those who develop chest issues are able to clear their chest with chest physiotherapy, as we slowly rehabilitate them to increase their strength and mobility, before discharge to their homes or their children's homes. Some even return back to their homes without the need for any carers.

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Hip Osteotomy

Definition A hip osteotomy is a surgical procedure in which the bones of the hip joint are cut, reoriented, and fixed in a new position. Healthy cartilage is placed in the weight-bearing area of the joint, followed by reconstruction of the joint in a more normal position. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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TOTALLY HIP Support Group

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The first online support group for those interested in joint replacement, especially the hip joint. Founded in 1996.

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Hip and Pelvis

Patient Information from Dr Matta, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles. Topics Hip replacement and pelvic osteotomy

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