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Total Hip Replacement

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about total hip replacement (THR)?

THR, or total hip arthroplasty, is surgery to replace all or part of your hip joint. The hip joint is where the top of your femur (thigh bone) sits in the socket of your pelvic bone. The joint is held together by ligaments and muscles. The top of your femur is shaped like a ball and covered with cartilage. Cartilage is a tissue that helps joints move.

Normal Hip Joint

How do I prepare for THR?

What will happen during THR?

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What should I expect after THR?

You may have increased pain or stiffness after surgery. This will get better with movement and exercise. Providers will teach you how to sit up and move without damaging your hip. A physical therapist will help you get up and walk after surgery. You may need a walker.

What are the risks of THR?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. One leg may feel longer or shorter than the other. Your nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, or muscles may be damaged during surgery. Your implant may become loose or move out of place. If this happens, you may need another surgery to replace the implant. You may get a blood clot in your limb. This may become life-threatening.

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