Total hip replacement is surgery to replace the worn parts of your hip joint. You may be thinking about having this surgery if you have severe hip pain that limits your movement. Many people get arthritis that can cause the hip joints to wear down over time.
In this surgery, your doctor uses metal, ceramic, or plastic parts to replace the ball at the upper end of the thigh bone (femur) and resurface the hip socket in the pelvic bone.
You can talk with your doctor to decide if this surgery is right for you. You may want to consider your age, overall health, activity level, and how much pain you have.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: November 29, 2017
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