Hip Replacement Surgery – an Overview

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Hip replacement surgery involves replacing components of the hip joint with a synthetic implant, to repair the damaged bearing surfaces that are causing pain. In a total hip replacement both the thigh bone (femur) and the socket are replaced with synthetic implant materials.

The design of the implant offers you renewed stability and function. Hip replacement can relieve pain, help your hip joint work better, and restore normal walking and other movements. Hip replacement surgery has a very high success rate, and can offer an incredible quality of life improvement to some patients. Your doctor may recommend it if you have hip damage and pain that physical therapy, medicines, and exercise don’t help.

Hip replacement surgery is performed over 300,000 times each year in the U.S. to repair severe hip damage. In a hip replacement, the surgeon removes degenerate cartilage and bone from the hip joint and replaces them with prosthetics. This surgery is used to accomplish long-term pain relief and increased mobility. Hip replacement can relieve pain, help your hip joint work better, and restore normal walking and other movements.

In order to appropriately consider hip replacement, we believe patients should be informed as to the mechanics of the hip joint and the options available for treatment.

Deciding About Hip Replacement (8 articles - View all)

How do I know if I need hip replacement surgery?

It is certainly true that not everyone with hip joint pain needs a total hip replacement, but when your quality of life grows increasingly diminished due to painful osteoarthritis, you may be advised by your doctor to consider  [...] More >>

Reasons for Hip Replacement Surgery

There are several conditions which can lead to chronic hip pain and disability, requiring hip replacement. The overwhelming majority of hip replacement surgeries though are necessitated by arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most [...] More >>

How successful is hip replacement surgery?

Total hip replacement is one of the most successful and cost effective interventions in medicine with over 453,000 such procedures performed in the United States in 2010.1 The incidence of hip replacements increased by 49% between 2000 and 20101 due [...] More >>

What are the risks of delaying my hip replacement surgery?

As a patient, only you can decide when you are ready for surgery. Doctors and surgeons may make recommendations, but the call is ultimately yours. So, what if you just opt to deal with the pain in your hip, [...] More >>

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Hip Implants (11 articles - View all)

Hip Implants

Hip Implants

Arthritis ‘wear and tear’ of the hip joint leads many to consider hip implants. Depending on the severity of your condition, you and your hip surgeon may discuss and consider total hip replacement, hip resurfacing or partial hip replacement. [...] More >>

Total Hip Replacement Implants

A total hip replacement replaces your arthritic hip joint and eliminates the damaged bearing surfaces that are causing pain. The design of the implant offers you renewed stability and minimizes the wear process. The traditional metal and polyethylene implants have [...] More >>

Hip Replacement Implant Materials

Hip Replacement Implant Materials

There are a large number of hip implant devices on the market. Each manufacturer has different models but each style falls into one of four basic material categories: metal on plastic (polyethylene or UHMWPE) metal on metal (MoM) ceramic on [...] More >>

Types of Total Hip Implants

Types of Total Hip Implants

During a hip replacement, the head of the femur is removed. A metal stem is inserted and a ball fitted on top of the stem to replace the head of the femur. A metal liner or cup is then [...] More >>

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Hip Replacement & Alternatives (17 articles - View all)

About Hip Replacement

In order to understand hip replacement it helps to first understand the hip joint itself, the types of hip replacement surgery, and a little about the hip replacement implants for each type of hip replacement. The Parts of Your Hip [...] More >>

Total Hip Replacement

In a total hip replacement both the thigh bone (femur) and the socket are replaced with implant materials and prostheses. There are a number of different approaches a surgeon can take, depending on her analysis of your particular case. More >>

Hip Resurfacing

Hip Resurfacing

Unlike a total hip replacement, hip resurfacing effectively relines the hip joint rather than completely replacing it. It is viewed as a bone-preserving alternative procedure for qualified patients that can delay (usually by several years) the need for a [...] More >>

What is the difference between hip resurfacing and total hip replacement?

The hip joint is a simple ball and socket shape. The ball is at the top of your thigh bone and the socket is in the side of your pelvic bone. Depending on the amount of damage caused by arthritis, a surgeon may recommend hip resurfacing or total hip replacement surgery to a patient. More >>

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Preparing for Hip Replacement (5 articles - View all)

Preparing for Hip Replacement Surgery

This page provides a brief introduction to preparation for hip replacement surgery. It can help you make a list of questions to ask your doctor, but it is not meant to provide complete information. Always check with your surgeon before [...] More >>

Reducing Post-Operative Pain from Hip Replacement

Reducing Post-Operative Pain from Hip Replacement

For hip replacement patients, post-operative pain is among the top concerns prior to surgery. To be honest, there’s not an awful lot a person with an arthritic hip can do before hip replacement surgery to lessen postoperative pain. When [...] More >>

Benefits of Online Communities for Hip Replacement Patients

Online patient communities and patient forums have sprouted up all across the web, focusing on conditions ranging from insomnia to cancer. Our own hip replacement forums have proven to be invaluable sources of support and information to thousands of members [...] More >>

How to choose a hip or knee replacement surgeon and prosthesis

You’ve decided you want hip or knee replacement surgery and now it’s time to choose a surgeon and decide what kind of implant is right for me. Or maybe you’re asking the question, “When will I be ready?” Hip or [...] More >>

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Recovering from Hip Replacement (10 articles - View all)

Recovering from Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Recovery Time While each person will recover from hip surgery at a different rate, many doctors will advise you to allow 10-12 weeks before returning to light duty work or office jobs. Returning to work time is longer if your [...] More >>

Reducing Post-Operative Pain from Hip Replacement

Reducing Post-Operative Pain from Hip Replacement

For hip replacement patients, post-operative pain is among the top concerns prior to surgery. To be honest, there’s not an awful lot a person with an arthritic hip can do before hip replacement surgery to lessen postoperative pain. When [...] More >>

How long does it take to recover from total hip replacement surgery?

Perhaps the most common questions patients have about hip replacement are regarding the recovery process and recovery time. There is no definite answer, as each individual’s situation differs significantly from anyone else’s, but typically patients return to normal activity [...] More >>

How much time will I have to be off work for hip replacement surgery?

Recovery after hip replacement surgery involves a slow process of rehabilitation. Swelling remains a serious issue for most patients. While each person will recover at a different rate, doctors expect patients to return to work between six and eight [...] More >>

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The Hip Joint (4 articles - View all)

About the Hip Joint

About the Hip Joint

The hip is the body’s second largest weight-bearing joint (after the knee). It is a ball and socket joint at the juncture of the leg and pelvis. The rounded head of the femur (thighbone) forms the ball, which fits [...] More >>

Hip Osteoarthritis (Arthritis)

Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis is a degenerative disease in which the surface cartilage of a joint wears away eventually leaving just bone beneath it exposed. Healthy cartilage acts as padding in the joint and under normal [...] More >>

Hip Pain and Problems from Injuries, Arthritis

Hip Pain and Problems from Injuries, Arthritis

Problems with our hips can be caused by diseases such as osteoarthritis or avascular necrosis. Other hip problems are attributed to injuries such as sprains, bursitis, dislocations and fractures. Treatments for hip problems range from basic pain management techniques to [...] More >>

Reasons for Hip Replacement Surgery

There are several conditions which can lead to chronic hip pain and disability, requiring hip replacement. The overwhelming majority of hip replacement surgeries though are necessitated by arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most [...] More >>

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