A total hip replacement is performed to restore strength, stability and function in an otherwise damaged hip. A metal prosthetic ball replaces the ball portion of the upper femur where it inserts into the hip socket. The hip socket itself may also be replaced with a prosthetic socket for additional strength and stability.
Before the surgical procedure, you'll be placed under general anesthesia, meaning you'll be asleep during the procedure. The doctor will:
The hip replacement surgery may cause a few side effects, which can include bleeding and/or blood clots. You'll wear compression stockings to help prevent blood clots. The approach and type of hip replacement you receive will depend on your condition, your doctor and surgeon's recommendation and your current state of health. The procedure generally takes two to three hours, but again depends on the approach. You'll be encouraged to move your hip as soon as possible following the procedure to help healing and enhance circulation. As soon as you're able, you'll be encouraged to start physical rehabilitation therapy.