Total Hip Replacement Surgery
During a total hip replacement (arthroplasty) operation, the diseased joint is replaced with a prosthesis that includes both the ball and the socket.
Depending on your age and other factors, the surgeon may cement either the ball or socket (or both) in place, or use a cementless prosthesis that is fixed in place over time by the growth of new bone. The uncemented type is more commonly used in younger patients.
Baystate's Center for Hip & Knee Replacement is one of the region's pioneer sites for the application of new ceramic surface bearing joints, which extend the life of hip replacement for active patients.
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
In recent years, modern surgical procedures have enabled knee replacement surgery -- also known as arthroplasty -- to become as commonplace as hip replacement surgery.
Total knee repalcement involves removing or resurfacing parts of your thighbone, shinbone and kneecap, and installing a prosthesis constructed of high-density plastic and metal alloy.