During a bipolar hip replacement, or hemiarthroplasty, the head of a damaged femur is replaced with an artificial implant. The implant works by keeping the femur in a stable position, and is highly effective in helping to restore hip function. While both the ball (of the femur) and the hip socket are replaced during a total hip replacement procedure, only the ball is replaced during a hemiarthroplasty.
A hemiarthroplasty is often recommended in cases where the hip has been fractured in the section of the bone that connects the ball to the rest of the main bone. This area of bone is known as the femoral neck. When this section is damaged, severe damage to the joints can occur, resulting in pain and impaired movement.
Fractures of this nature can be treated very successfully by means of a hemiarthroplasty procedure. During the surgery, Dr Ackermann will replace half of the hip joint with an artificial piece, while the other half of the joint will remain untouched. The damaged sections of bone are removed and replaced with artificial materials, such as titanium implants, metal or a ceramic ball.
After this type of surgery, Dr Ackermann is likely to recommend physical therapy in order to aid recovery. This will help to restore proper movement and joint function after the procedure. The recovery period may take time, and Dr Ackermann will advise you of the best option for your specific needs, depending on your lifestyle and level of comfort after the operation.