Total Hip Replacement

In total hip replacement, the damaged hip is replaced with an artificial hip joint (prosthesis). The purpose of this surgery is to reduce pain and improve your range of motion. It is one of the most successful joint replacement surgeries.


  • Allergies.

  • Medicines taken, including herbs, eyedrops, over-the-counter medicines, and creams.

  • Use of steroids (by mouth or creams).

  • Previous problems with anesthetics.

  • Family history of anesthetic problems.

  • Possibility of pregnancy, if this applies.

  • History of blood clots (thrombophlebitis).

  • History of bleeding or blood problems.

  • Previous surgery.

  • Other health problems.


  • Do not eat or drink anything for as long as directed by your caregiver before surgery.

  • You should be present 60 minutes before your procedure or as directed by your caregiver.


An intravenous (IV) line for giving fluids will be started. You will be given medicines and gas to make you sleep (anesthetic), or you will be given medicines through a needle in your back to make you numb from the waist down. Your surgeon will take out any damaged cartilage and bone. He or she will then put in new metal, plastic, or ceramic joint surfaces to restore alignment and function to your hip.


After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area where a nurse will watch and check your progress. You may have a long, narrow tube (catheter) in your bladder after surgery. The catheter helps you empty your bladder (pass your urine). Once you are awake, stable, and taking fluids well, you will be returned to your room. You will receive physical therapy until you are doing well and your caregiver feels it is safe for you to go home. If you do not have help at home, you may need to go to an extended care facility for 5 to 14 days after the procedure.