Total Hip Replacement

ExitCare ImageTotal hip replacement is a surgery to replace your damaged hip joint. Your hip joint is replaced with a man-made (artificial) hip joint. This man-made hip joint is called a prosthesis. This surgery is done to reduce pain. It is also done to allow you to be more active.


  • Your doctor will tell you when to stop eating.

  • Your doctor will tell you when to stop drinking.

  • Ask your doctor if you need to change or stop taking any medicines.


You may be given medicine that makes you relax (sedative) or makes you sleep (general anesthetic). You also will be given medicine that numbs you from the waist down (spinal block).

During your procedure:

  • A surgical cut (incision) is made in the front, side, or back of your hip.

  • Damaged parts of your hip joint are removed.

  • A man-made socket is put into your pelvic bone.

  • The socket may be kept in place with screws or bone cement.

  • The damaged ball of your thigh bone (femur) is removed.

  • An man-made ball on a metal stem replaces the damaged ball.

  • The ball is put into the new socket to make a new hip joint.

  • Your hip joint will be checked to see if it moves as it should.

  • Your hip joint will be checked to make sure it does not come apart (dislocate) with normal motion.


  • You will be taken to the recovery area.

  • Once you are doing okay, you will be taken to your hospital room.

  • You will do different types of exercises (physical therapy) at the hospital.

  • You will likely stay in the hospital for 1–4 days.