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Hip and Knee Replacement

Hip-Knee Replacement surgeries are performed to replace all or part of the hip joint or knee joint with an artificial device (a prosthesis). The hip is essentially a ball and socket joint, linking the “ball” with the head of the thigh bone (femur) with the cup-shaped “socket” in the pelvic bone. A total hip prosthesis is surgically implanted to replace the damaged bone within the hip joint. Knee joint replacement is surgery to replace a painful damaged or diseased knee joint with an artificial joint.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Hip-Knee Replacement
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health care consumers. These sites feature extensive information about hip and knee replacement and how to manage it.


  • Knee disorders: surgery, rehabilitation, clinical outcomes. Noyes F. 2010
  • Knee surgery: the essential guide to total knee recovery. O’Neill, DF. 2008
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty. Scott R. 2006.
  • What your doctor may not tell you about hip and knee replacement surgery: Everything you need to know to make the right decisions. Grelsamer R. 2004.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Longe JL, ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at  http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library :

Journals and Journal Articles

  • “Choices for hipsters: several types of hip replacement are available.” Harvard Health Letter. 35(4):6-7. Feb. 2010
  • “A revolution in joint replacement: new ways to manage pain.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 28(2):4-5. Feb. 2010
  • “Help for hurting knees. Advances in knee replacement.” Mayo Clinic Women's Healthsource. 12(11):4-5, Nov. 2008


  • Mini-med School: Bones, Joints & Muscles. 2008.

Contact Us

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Last UpdateJanuary 3, 2012