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Hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery

M551/0451

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DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Hip replacement surgery. Image 2 of 11. Surgeon using a saw to remove the head of the femur (thigh bone) of a 75 year old woman during hip replacement surgery. Retractors are holding back the skin and soft tissues. Hips may need to be replaced due to injury, disease or deformity. This hip is being replaced because of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that results in the loss of cartilage between the joint and the growth of bone in place of the cartilage. This causes pain, stiffness and loss of mobility. For a sequence of images showing the surgery see M551/450 to M551/460.

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