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If your hip pain is severe or prevents you from standing or walking, please call New York City’s innovative hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik immediately and have someone drive you to our office for a consultation.

What are Hip Implants?

Hip implants refer to artificial joints that are used to replace the normal hip joint functionality during a partial and total hip replacement surgery. The use of implants to treat hip disease, fractures and pain happens in only the most severe cases.

Hip implants typically vary in design and material used, but all hip implants are made up of three components:

  • The stem
  • The ball
  • The socket

Each of these components mimics the function of a normal hip joint in order to restore the joint to its natural function.

The stem of the hip implant is made of metal and inserts into the femur (thigh bone). This connects to the ball part of the hip implant, which is typically made of strong metal or ceramic material that can withstand the rigors of everyday movement. The socket or “cup” part of the hip implant can be comprised of ceramic, metal or plastic.

The hip implants are either press fit into the bone or are cemented into place.

Types of Hip Implants

There are many different types of hip implants. The biggest difference between the various hip implants available today are the materials used.

The three most common types of hip implants used today are:

  • Ceramic
  • Metal
  • Plastic

Many hip implants use a combination of these materials and come in different sizes, allowing for customizations based on your age, height, weight and activity levels.

In order to determine the best hip implant for your situation, Dr. Vigdorchik undergoes a thorough diagnosis, ruling out any non-surgical treatments before proceeding with a treatment plan.

Hip Implant Articles

Learn more about hip implants with these educational articles from New York City hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik:

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Call Us Immediately

If you’re suffering from any of the hip pain symptoms below, please call New York City hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik immediately to schedule an appointment. If left untreated, hip pain often becomes more severe over time and causes further hip joint dysfunctions.

  • Sudden, severe pain and swelling in and around the hip joint
  • A loud pop when the hip joint was injured
  • Inability to put weight on your leg or move your hip