In recent years, hip replacement surgery has become less invasive, and the artificial bearings in prosthetic hip joints are more wear-resistant. Although a routine operation, hip replacement surgery still requires careful decision-making with your surgeon.

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What is Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which your hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. You may also hear the term total hip arthroplasty. Surgeons use the word “arthroplasty” to mean replacement. The word “total” means that both the ball and socket part of the hip are replaced. Therefore, “total hip arthroplasty” means a total hip replacement. 

The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is arthritis. The procedure might also help in the case of injuries or fractures that damage the hip. If your hip cartilage is damaged, you might need hip replacement surgery to relieve your pain. The decision to have elective surgery should be made after careful thought and deliberation.

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How Long Does it Take to Recover From Hip Replacement Surgery?

Recovery time varies from one patient to another. The average hospital stay is one or two days, although MU Health Care does offer an outpatient joint replacement procedure for those who qualify.

The day after your surgery, you will be helped into a chair and you may be able to walk limited distances. Your activity will increase with each day that follows. Most people return to their own place of residence after a hip replacement. Some elderly or debilitated patients may need to go to a nursing home to recuperate. 

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