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Hip joint replacement surgery, or hip arthroplasty, is a highly effective procedure designed to relieve pain and restore mobility in patients suffering from severe hip damage

At Orthopedic Specialists of Idaho, our team of fellowship-trained surgeons uses advanced and innovative techniques to help patients regain pain-free and joyful lives.

What Is Hip Joint Replacement?

Hip joint replacement is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a damaged hip joint is removed and replaced. The surgery involves removing the damaged bone and cartilage from the hip joint and replacing it with artificial components. 

A metal ball can be used to replace the head of the thighbone, while a metal or plastic socket can replace the hip socket in the pelvis. Small incisions are made to reduce recovery time and scarring.

Hip joint replacement is considered when non-surgical treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications, have failed to provide sufficient relief. The decision to undergo hip joint replacement is typically based on the severity of symptoms, the degree of hip joint damage, and the impact on your daily life.

Hip joint replacement can address a variety of conditions that cause significant hip pain and mobility issues.

Conditions Treated by Hip Joint Replacement

Severe fractures or damage resulting from accidents or other medical conditions

A degenerative joint disease causing cartilage wear and joint pain

The death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply, often affecting the hip

An autoimmune condition leading to joint inflammation and damage

Benefits of Hip Joint Replacement

Undergoing hip joint replacement surgery offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Less pain
  • Improved functionality and mobility
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced scarring
  • Better sleep
  • Reduced dependence on medication
  • Enhanced quality of life

Risks of Hip Joint Replacement

While hip joint replacement surgery is generally safe and offers numerous benefits, it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with the procedure. Understanding these risks can help you make informed decisions and prepare you for a smoother recovery. Some of the common risks involved in hip joint replacement surgery include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Blood clots
  • Dislocation
  • Implant wear/loosening
  • Infection
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage

What to Expect

Understanding what to expect before, during, and after hip joint replacement surgery can help alleviate your anxiety and ensure a smoother recovery.


Before the procedure, your surgeon will review your medical history and order any necessary imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs. Depending on the time of your surgery, you may need to fast from food and medication. You will need to arrange for transportation post-surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself home safely.


During the procedure, you will be under general anesthesia while your surgeon makes a minimally invasive incision over your hip joint to replace the malfunctioning parts. This process typically takes 1-2 hours. Under general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious of any pain and will have no memory of the procedure.


After the surgery, you can expect a hospital stay of 1-3 days for initial recovery and monitoring. Taking medication, icing the affected area, and elevating your hip can all help with pain management. Engaging in regular physical therapy and attending all follow-up appointments will help expedite your recovery. Although it’s good to incorporate movement during the healing process, be sure not to overextend yourself. Gradually returning to your normal activities will yield the best results.

FAQs About Hip Joint Replacement

Artificial hip joints are typically made from metal or plastic. These materials are designed for durability and biocompatibility.

Hip replacement parts can last 15-20 years or longer, depending on factors like activity level and overall health. Younger patients may need replacement or revision surgeries, while older patients typically do not.

A hip joint replacement refers to replacing either the ball or socket of the hip, while a total hip replacement involves replacing both components. A total hip replacement is considered a major surgery, while a hip joint replacement is minimally invasive.

You may need a hip joint replacement if you experience severe hip pain that interferes with daily activities, does not improve with other treatments, and limits your mobility.

Schedule a Consultation

Although hip joint replacement can be a life-changing option for those experiencing hip pain and limited mobility, there are other non-surgical methods available to try first. If you’re ready to explore your options for relief and improved mobility, contact Orthopedic Specialists of Idaho today and schedule an appointment.

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