Joint Replacement Associates Joint Replacement Associates: 713-486-1860
 

Patient Info

Leg Length Inequality

During total hip arthroplasty, the hip is disconnected at the ball. When the new hip is put in, it is "reconnected." The surgeon must choose sizes for the implants which produce the length and offset (the width of the hip) of the total hip which most naturally restores the patient's function. Because the hip is held together by the patient's own muscles, occasionally it is necessary to choose sizes which make the new hip wider or longer than the natural hip. Usually the difference is less than one quarter of an inch, and in these cases, the patient "adapts" or simply is no longer bothered by the difference.

Occasionally, a lift is put into the opposite shoe to equal out the length of the legs. In some patients, the involved hip has been very short for a long time so that when the natural length of the leg is restored, the patient "feels" that the hip is longer. In these cases, time and occasionally physical therapy will allow the patient to readjust to having equal leg lengths once more.

Services - Joint Replacement Associates
Hip - Joint Replacement Associates
Knee - Joint Replacement Associates
Shoulder - Joint Replacement Associates
Elbow Replacement - Joint Replacement Associates
Meet Our Doctors - Joint Replacement AssociatesMeet Dr. Clyburn
Terry A. Clyburn M.D. - Joint Replacement Associates
Introducing Conformis
Top Doctors - Joint Replacement Associates
Named a Top Doc in Texas by Texas Monthly three yeras in a row 2006-2009
Super Doctors - Joint Replacement Associates
Multimedia Patient Education - Joint Replacement Associates
UT Orthopaedic
In the News - Joint Replacement Associates
Patient Forms - Joint Replacement Associates
Patient Testimonials - Joint Replacement Associates
Location Map - Joint Replacement Associates
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus YouTube
Bookmark and Share
Your Practice Online