Hip Replacement



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



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)


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 


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

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


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