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Total Hip Arthroplasty - over 100 years of operative history

Authors
Journal
Orthopedic Reviews
2035-8237
Publisher
PAGEPress Publications
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4081/or.2011.e16
Keywords
  • Review

Abstract

Total hip arthroplasty (THA) has completely revolutionized the nature in which the arthritic hip is treated, and is considered to be one of the most successful orthopaedic interventions of its generation. With over 100 years of operative history, this review examines the progression of the operation from its origins, together with highlighting the materials and techniques that have contributed to its development. Knowledge of its history contributes to a greater understanding of THA, such as the reasons behind selection of prosthetic materials in certain patient groups, while demonstrating the importance of critically analyzing research to continually determine best operative practice. Finally, we describe current areas of research being undertaken to further advance techniques and improve outcomes.

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