Hip replacement

Every patient and every operation is unique and therefore this Hip replacement guide will not be able to answer all your questions.

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Patient Guide to Anterior Hip Replacement

Welcome to Parminder J Singh’s patient guide to Total Hip Replacement. To help assist in your recovery, it is important for you to know about the surgery prior to you arriving to either St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne, Epworth Eastern Private Hospital, Epworth Richmond Private Hospital or Bellbird Private Hospital.


This guide is designed for patients who have already decided to have joint replacement surgery. Every patient and every operation is unique and therefore this guide will not be able to answer all your questions. This guide is not a substitute for obtaining medical advice from your surgeon. However, this guide may assist you to get a better understanding of what to expect and it may help you think of questions to ask Mr Parminder Singh. If this patient information guide does not answer your questions, remember that Mr Parminder Singh will do his best to do so at your consultation. Mr Singh and his surgical team will practice in accordance with the ethical standards defined by the Australian Medical Council.

Aim of the Anterior Hip Replacement

The principle aims of the Anterior hip replacement are to reduce your pain, correct any deformity, enhance your mobility that is impeded by your hip and improve the quality of your life. This can be achieved in up to 95% of cases. Replacement of hip involves replacing a hip joint that has been damaged or worn away, usually by arthritis or injury.

What is arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is characterised by joint pain and mobility impairment associated with the gradual wearing of cartilage. The wear and tear of the joint frequently results in pain, stiffness and reduced movement. The clinical diagnosis is usually based on the presence of joint symptoms and evidence of a reduction of joint space seen on the x-ray. There are different types of arthritis causing joint pain for example osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post traumatic arthritis.



Osteoarthritis is the most common form of chronic arthritis and the hip is the second most commonly affected joint in the body. The condition affects approximately 1.4 million Australians, or approximately 7.3% of the population. The prevalence of osteoarthritis increases with age. Osteoarthritis most commonly develops between the ages of 45 to 90 years.  Less commonly osteoarthritis occurs under the age of 45 years of age and may well be associated with an underlying risk factor for the development of premature arthritis. The pain and disability associated with osteoarthritis affects approximately 10% of men and 18% of women over 60 years of age. The incidence and prevalence of osteoarthritis will continue to rise as the population ages.

The hip joint

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The hip joint allows movement to occur between the thigh bone (femur) and the hip bone (pelvis). The pelvis contains the socket (acetabulum) and the ball shaped head of the femur fits into the acetabulum.


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Femoral head

The outer surface of the femoral head and the inside surface of the acetabulum are covered with cartilage which allows low friction free movement between the two surfaces. The hip joint is covered by ligaments that help stabilise the joint. The hip joint movements are initiated and controlled by the muscles in the buttock, groin and thigh.

Hip Joint Replacement

Approximately 20,000 primary total hip replacements are performed in Australia. Each hip prosthesis is made up of several components. The acetabular component replaces the acetabulum (socket). The acetabular component is typically made of a metal alloy outer shell with a fitted plastic (polyethylene) or ceramic liner or it can be made completely of one polyethylene component.


The femoral component replaces the femoral head. The femoral component is typically a two piece design. This comprises the femoral stem made of a metal alloy and the femoral head that attaches to the stem. The femoral head can be made of either ceramic or metal alloy.


For further information please refer to Dr Parminder Singh’s: HIP REPLACEMENT GUIDE