The hip socket or ‘acetabulum’, in full: acetabulum ossis ilium, is the cup-shaped joint cavity of the pelvis. The femoral head hinges in this joint cavity. The acetabulum is formed from three hip bones: the os ilium (ilium), the os ischii (ischium) and the os pubis (pubis).

Etymologically, the name acetabulum is derived from the Latin words acetum and bulla, meaning vinegar and barrel respectively. The hip socket is said to resemble a small vinegar jar, such as used by the Romans.

In certain hip diseases, such as arthrosis, the femoral head can no longer move freely in the acetabulum, because the cartilage is damaged and malformations have occurred. This causes pain and makes walking difficult, which seriously inhibits the quality of life.

Hip joint

The hip socket is the cavity in which the femoral head hinges


Arthrosis and Arthritis

Arthrosis and arthritis are both complaints related to the joints. Simply put, arthrosis is an indication of wear and tear on the bone and...


If you are suffering from pain in your hip, the doctor may choose to give you a corticoid infiltration. In addition to the anti-inflammatory...
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Following the optimisation of several surgical aspects of the muscle-sparing direct anterior approach, Professor Corten strongly felt that...

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia means that the hip joint has an abnormal shape. In most cases, this is a genetic defect. The socket of the hip joint may...

ZOL Hip Unit

Prof. Dr. Corten offers a wide range of surgical solutions within the Hip Unit of ZOL, Genk. Below, you can find an overview of the interventions...

The Femur

The Femur

The femur is the bone situated in the thigh, and connects the hip joint to the knee joint. It is the longest, largest and strongest bone...

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