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Hip replacement surgery. Image 18 of 30. Special tool (left) being used to place a ball implant (centre) on a femoral implant. Together, both implants are cemented inside the shaft of a femur (upper leg bone). The ball will articulate with an implant in the pelvis and form the new hip joint. This surgery is usually performed in response to arthritis, degeneration of the joints, and restores mobility to people who would otherwise be incapacitated by pain and unable to move freely. For a sequence of images showing the full surgery, see M551/340-369. For a sequence showing the operation on the femur, see images M551/344-359.
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