Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement (total hip arthroplasty) is surgery to replace a worn out or damaged hip joint. The surgeon replaces the old joint with an artificial join (prosthesis). Usually the surgery is performed because of damage to the hip joint from arthritis or injury.

The goal of hip replacement surgery is to replace the parts of the hip joint that have been damaged. The surgery also helps relieve hip pain that can't be controlled by other treatments.

What Happens During Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip replacement usually requires a stay in a hospital. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your healthcare provider's practices. During surgery, the surgeon will remove the damaged parts of the hip joint and replace them with prosthesis. The 2 most common types of artificial hip prostheses used are cement prostheses and uncemented prosthesis. A cemented prosthesis attaches to the bone with surgical cement while an uncemented prosthesis attaches to the bone with a porous surface.

What Happens After Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip replacement surgery usually requires you to stay in the hospital for several days. A physical therapist will meet with you soon after surgery and plan an exercise and rehabilitation program for you. Your pain will be controlled with medicine so that you can participate in the exercise. You will be given an exercise plan to follow both in the hospital and after discharge.