The hip is where the femur (thigh bone) meets the pelvis in a ball and socket joint. The hip can undergo degenerative changes due to arthritis, and surgery may be necessary to relieve pain from the condition. There are many surgical options to treat hip pain due to arthritis, including total replacement of the hip joint, and more.

Who can get a hip replacement? A doctor may suggest this surgery to you if you have hip pain caused by moderate to severe osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis. Certain health factors may prevent a doctor from recommending surgery.

Minimally invasive hip replacement requires a smaller incision than a traditional hip replacement. Where the incision is made can vary. A surgeon must use specially designed surgical tools to prepare the bone and attach the new hip components.
Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is just like traditional hip replacement surgery, but performed using a smaller incision and less damage to tissue. If performed by an experienced surgeon, the patient may have an easier recovery.

What happens once a patient wakes up from hip replacement surgery? Recovery and rehabilitation can influence hospital discharge and potential complications.

Medical preparations for total hip replacement surgery typical for other major surgeries that require anesthesia, and may include starting or stopping certain medications, banking blood, and quitting smoking.
Total hip replacement surgery (total hip arthroplasty) is an operation done to reduce hip pain caused by severe hip arthritis. Learn about who should consider hip replacement, how long one last, and the best time to schedule surgery.