Hip Surgery

Total hip replacement or resurfacing

If your osteoarthritis is affecting your quality of life, your surgeon may recommend surgery.Total hip replacement

In total hip replacement surgery, the surgeon replaces the joint with a prosthesis.

The head of the thigh bone (femur) is replaced with a metal or ceramic ball. A moulded shell with a liner is implanted in the socket (acetabulum) and the ball is fitted into the shell.

Today’s modern prostheses can provide improved joint function and relieve pain for up to 25 years.

Hip precautions after total hip replacement and hip resurfacing

After total hip replacement surgery, you will have to avoid certain activities for the first 6 weeks to three months.

You will not be able to bend your hip past 90 degrees, cross your legs at the ankles or knees, or twist your body or legs.

These activity restrictions will help your joint to heal and reduce the risk of hip dislocation.

Learn more about hip precautions

Learn more about hip precautions and sexual activity

Which procedure is right for me?

For more information about hip surgery, or to find out if surgery is best for you, talk to your surgeon.