Hip Prosthesis

The hip is the joint that forms the junction between the legs and the trunk ; it supports the weight of the body and is therefore subject to important constraints. The top of the thighbone : the femoral head comes to fit into the iliac bone (the pelvis) at the level of a cavity called acetabulum.

Hip osteoarthritis is a disease that leads to the irreversible degradation of the cartilage (which allows a harmonious slippage of joint surfaces) and the formation of osteophytes (bone beaks).


If osteoarthritis is severe, a total hip prosthesis will be necessary including a cephalic prosthesis attached to the femur and a cup secured in the acetabulum.


At the Bordeaux-Merignac Sport Clinic, the development of hip prosthetic surgery is part of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol in which your active participation as a patient is paramount.

The procedure involves an anterior incision. This technique is called minimally invasive because it does not require any muscular section ; it allows an optimized postoperative recovery.

The surgeon resected the femoral head and hollowed the femur to insert the cephalic implant. Then he prepares the cup which will receive the cup.

The stability of the joint is carefully checked before closing the sutures by staples.

  • Anesthesia : general + loco-regional
  • Technical : mini invasive open
  • Hospitalization : ambulatory if possible or 2 to 3 days
  • Immobilization : none. Sitting and standing on the day of the intervention
  • Rehabilitation : immediate
  • Postoperative visit : 4 weeks after surgery.

Below, an animation for more info (in French)