Hip Replacement

Overview

Definition

A total hip replacement is surgery to replace a diseased or injured hip joint. An artificial ball-and-socket joint is inserted to make a new hip.

Left Total Hip Replacement
Hip Replacement
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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Hip dislocation —happens when the ball portion of the artificial joint comes out of its normal position in the hip
  • Injury to nearby nerves or blood vessels
  • Noisy or squeaky hip after surgery

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Chronic diseases, such as obesity

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

a (Hip Arthroplasty; Total Hip Replacement; Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement; Mini-incision Hip Replacement)

RESOURCES

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation http://www.aapmr.org 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases http://www.niams.nih.gov 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca 

Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org 

References

Elective total hip arthroplasty. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:  https://www.dynamed.com/procedure/elective-total-hip-arthroplasty#MANAGEMENT . Updated May 5, 2020. Accessed July 15, 2020.

Minimally invasive total hip replacement surgery. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00404. Updated June 2014. Accessed July 15, 2020.

Ninomiya JT, Dean JC, et al. What's New in Hip Replacement. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Sep 16;97(18):1543-1551.

6/14/2017 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance  http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T566765/Elective-total-hip-arthroplasty  : Wilson SH, Wolf BJ, et al. Comparison of lumbar epidurals and lumbar plexus nerve blocks for analgesia following primary total hip arthroplasty: a retrospective analysis. J Arthroplasty. 2017;32(2):635-640.