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Normal Anatomy :: Total Hip Replacement :: Bearing Surfaces
Birmingham Hip :: Metal Ions

Normal Anatomy of the Hip joint

How does the Hip joint work?
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Hip Anatomy

Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement procedure replaces all or part of the hip joint with an artificial device (prosthesis) to eliminate pain and restore joint movement.

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Bearing Surfaces

All total hips have a ball which fits into a socket. Historically, this has been a small metal ball measuring 28 - 32mm in diameter, which is about 1 to 1-1/2 inch. This ball fits into a polyethylene or plastic socket.

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Bearing Surfaces    

Birmingham Hip

The Birmingham hip is a specialized total hip arthroplasty which was developed in Birmingham, England. It has been used throughout the world for over ten years, and in some European countries and in Australia, it is used more than any other type of hip.

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Birmingham Hip    

Metal Ions

One concern with metal on metal has been that all metals release ions. Ions are the basic element of the metal. In metal such as chrome cobalt, the ions of chrome and cobalt are gradually released from these metals.

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Metal Ions    
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