Hip Surgery

​The hip, a ball and socket synovial joint, is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body and consists of two main parts:

  • The ball (rounded femoral head) at the top of your thigh bone (femur)

  • The round cup shaped socket (acetabulum/os coxa) in your pelvis

The hip joint allows us to walk, run and jump with its complex movements when it is healthy. It bears the body’s weight and is controlled by the force of the strong muscles of the hip and leg. This complex joint is comprised of bones, muscles, ligaments, cartilage and tendons, each component must work harmoniously within a compound structural relationship in order to support the smooth and painless functioning of the joint.

With the exception of the shoulder, the hip is one of the most flexible joints in the body with a wide range of motion across various planes. Normal body movements rely on joints working smoothly and without pain – maintaining maximum joint function allows us to enjoy an active and fulfilling life.

The surfaces of the ball and socket are covered by a smooth, tough material called articular cartilage, which cushions the bones and helps them to rotate more easily within the socket. A thin tissue called the synovial membrane surrounds the hip joint. In a healthy functioning hip this membrane produces a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage and eliminates almost all friction during movement of the joint. Problems and hip pain occur when the joint surface wears out which causes the bone ends to rub painfully on each other. Due to the structure of the hip joint the articular cartilage is prone to degeneration through injury, overuse and ageing.

Common pathologies associated with the hip joint include- Arthritis of the hip joint, Fractures around the hip and pelvis, dislocation of the hip(developmental or traumatic), femoroacetabular impingement, tears of labrum/ligaments around the hip joint etc.

Prof Munjed Al Muderis specialises as a hip surgeon with various surgeries, which help restore the function, reduce the pain and help in resuming your routine daily activities. 

The surgical procedures commonly undertaken are- Minimally invasive Direct anterior approach Primary hip replacement, Complex primary hip replacement, Complex Revision Hip replacement, Hip arthroscopy, soft tissue reconstruction around the hip, Tumour surgery around the hip. 

For more information or to book a consultation to assess whether surgery is right for you please contact Prof Al Muderis' office on +61 2 8882 9011