Partial hip replacements are very often used to treat patients who have suffered from a hip fracture due to a fall. This is due to fractures commonly occurring in the upper femur where the ball of the hip joint is located. Partial hip replacement is rarely recommended for patients with arthritis, as this condition is far more likely to cause hip damage in both the upper and lower joint, necessitating a full hip replacement.
Hip fractures that require surgery are usually treated very quickly, often within days of diagnosis. However, there may be cases, especially in younger patients with a non-displacement fracture, where the physician wants to explore conservative treatments to see if the fracture will heal on its own. In either situation, patients can undergo a series of preoperative evaluations to ensure they are a good potential candidate for partial hip replacement.