English surgeon Sir John Charnley pioneered hip replacement surgery about four decades ago. Before Charnley, other surgeons tried to rebuild arthritic hips with metal and plastic. Since then, advancements in science, engineering and materials have contributed to a very predictable and reliable operation that has helped millions of people with hip arthritis. Indeed, hip replacement is among the most successful surgical interventions of the past century.

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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