Partial Hip Replacement

Have problems with hip pain? Don’t postpone treatment: sometimes surgery is inevitable, if you want to restore health. Partial hip replacement is a safe and effective procedure that allows for regenerating hip totally. How is it performed, and what the specialists of Bonifatius hospital can do for you?

What is partial hip replacement?

Hip is the largest joint in human body. It is complex and consists of different parts including the ball and the socket. Cartilage serves as a cushion for bone absorbing load and pressure, while the synovial membrane provides necessary lubrication and reduces friction. If some of these tissues and bones get damaged, the joint space becomes narrower, and bones start rubbing against each other and a person experiences pain and other symptoms. That may happen due to gradual wearing (because of aging or some health conditions) or injuries and traumas.

Partial hip replacement surgery is done to remove damaged joint parts and replace them with artificial implants made of plastic, metal or ceramic material. The operation allows for restoring normal functioning and full motion of the hip and getting rid of pain. It is more preferable in older people, because there is a risk of wearing – young adults are recommended total replacement.

Note that partial and total hip replacements are done to treat different conditions. Partial replacement is not performed when there are bone diseases, because the entire joint can degenerate and be unstable. This operation is preferable when the femoral neck has ruptured and the fracture can’t be pinned: the ball is replaced when the socket is still healthy and can keep it in place.

When it should be done?

Doctors usually prescribe the operation for elderly people who have fraction and wearing of the joint that causes pain, discomfort and other symptoms. Surgery stays the only option when non-invasive treatment (medications, rest, or physical therapy) doesn’t help. Pay attention to the fact that not all people are good candidates for this procedure, and you should discuss all options with the doctor before opting for it.


Before the procedure, patient is administered general or epidural anesthesia to block pain. The surgery takes about 60-90 minutes and includes the following steps:

  • The surgeon makes an incision on the front, side or back (these are three different approaches) of the muscles and other tissues to get access to the head and socket of the hip. It is positioned to expose the joint.
  • The femoral head is removed and the channel inside it is cleaned to prepare for insertion of femoral stem.
  • The femoral stem is protected with cement or it is “press-fit” to the empty center of the femur. A ceramic or metal ball is put to the top of the stem.
  • The hip is rejoined and tissues and muscles are put back to their position.


Partial hip replacement recovery depends on how well the person follows doctor’s recommendations and the home care. It is necessary for the medical team to provide patient with medications that will make recovery as comfortable as possible. The physical therapist will instruct the patient on the exercises that boost muscle strength and restore normal motion of hip. As a rule, people manage to resume everyday activities within 3-6 weeks after the surgery.

Most part of recovery will occur at home where the person will have to care about wound, diet and activities prescribed by the therapist. Every case is unique, and the duration of period depends on the person’s health and level of activity.

Choose Bonifatius hospital

Bonifatius hospital is considered to be one of the most advanced German clinics, because it provides top-notch conditions for patients together with a consistent level of service. There are at least four reasons to prefer our clinic to other medical centers:

  • Our team consists of real professionals devoted to what they do. The staff in head with D-r Gerard Kolb applies multi-disciplinary approach to treatment: we make individual plans of therapy for every patient reaching maximum efficiency and safety. The doctors keep improving their skills and experience.
  • We use state-of-art equipment and innovative technologies in our work. Bonifatius hospital keeps tabs on recent medical advances and introduces them into treatment to reach the best results possible.
  • The medical center counts tens of comfortable wards for patients and provides them with decent 24/7 medical assistance and good catering. People can also go through treatment on the outpatient basis.
  • Our prices of diagnosis and treatment are more than agreeable.
  • Bonifatius hospital is located in Lingen, a small German town where you can enjoy peaceful atmosphere and low cost of accommodation.

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