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Why would an Uncemented Fixation be chosen for a Total Hip Replacement?

Total hip replacement (THR) is one of the most successful and cost-effective of surgical procedures with the primary goals of pain relief and restoration of function. When a client opts to have joint replacement surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon will replace the existing joint surfaces with artificial joint prostheses. These components must adhere to the client’s natural bone. A cemented joint prosthesis uses fast drying bone cement to help fix to the client’s bone. A cementless joint prosthesis is specially textured to allow the bone to grow onto it and adhere to it over time. Studies have shown better short-term clinical outcomes, particularly an improved pain score with a cemented fixation. So what are the advantages of both procedures?

Advantages of cemented:

  • Cement allows surgeon to fix prosthesis to osteoporotic bones
  • Antibiotic material can be added to the bone cement, helping reduce the risk of infection
  • The bone cement dries within 10 minutes of application so the prosthesis remains firmly in place
  • Allow for full weight bearing straight after surgery

Advantages of uncemented:

  • Cementless components offer a better long term bond between the prosthesis and bones
  • Cementless components eliminate worry about the potential breakdown of cement
  • For younger people who have joint replacement as they can expect to outlive the implant as the prostheses are durable for at least 20 years

Had a hip replacement and need an expert physio for rehab? Call today on 02039620757 for a free telephone consultation.

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We cover all London boroughs and appointments can be made by calling us on 0203 962 0757 however if you have anything you'd like to discuss prior to booking just email us at info@postophomephysio.com or send us a message using the contact form and we'll be in touch asap!

Post Op Home Physio
86-90 Paul Street,
Hackney, London
EC2A 4NE

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