A total hip replacement is a surgery that uses an artificial ball-and-socket joint to replace a diseased or injured hip joint. At UVA, we offer both open surgery and minimally invasive options.
Do You Need Your Hip Replaced?
You may need a hip replacement when pain and stiffness limit your normal activities and rest, and medication and physical therapy no longer work.
Other reasons for surgery may include:
- A broken hip
- Severe rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone tumors
- Loss of blood supply to the bones of the hip
The Total Hip Replacement Procedure
Your doctor makes an incision along your joint and moves the muscles aside. Your doctor then removes the damaged bone and cartilage of the hip joint and positions the new artificial joint. Depending on the type of prosthesis, your doctor may use bone cement to hold the artificial hip firmly to your bone.
Hip Replacement by the Numbers
- Usual length of stay: 1-2 days
- You can do normal, light activities in: 6 weeks
- A replacement hip typically lasts: 10-15 years