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Is hip arthroplasty viable in a developing African country?

J A O Mulimba


Arthroplasty is an established management of various joint disorders in developed countries. Poverty has caused African countries to remain behind in this sphere of management and condemned sufferers to a life of misery and immobility. In this review, the viability of total hip arthroplasty
(THR) is examined. The need, constraints and difficulties encountered in this field of surgery are examined. There are only a few cases of THR done previously and literature on this has been scarce. It is hoped that if the arrangement suggested in this review is established it will be possible to carry
out this branch of Orthopaedic surgery in various countries of our region.