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Photo: Fausto Pluchinotta, clinique des Grangettes, Genève

Hip surgery

A key articulation

Afflictions of the hip can be either due to accident or degenerative conditions. Conventional surgery is used to treat fractures often resulting from osteoporosis in older people.

Hip pain can also be caused by severe attrition of the articular cartilage. Walking and climbing stairs becomes difficult for the patients, which impacts their daily lives. The first treatments for hip arthrosis usually involve taking pain medication or having infiltrations done.

To relieve pain in the longer term, however, usually requires surgical interventions. Specialised orthopaedists then replace the used hip articulation by a prosthesis. This widely performed operation allows patients to quickly resume their normal activities and complete mobility.  The lifespan of the prostheses has increased considerably with recent technological advances, so it's not rare for a prosthesis to remain in place for twenty years.