It may be time for you to consider a total hip replacement if:
When the articular cartilage surrounding the ball and socket of your hip joint (where the femur meets the pelvis) is damaged beyond repair, most often due to osteoarthritis (or degenerative joint disease), hip replacement surgery seeks to remove the damaged portion of the hip and replace it with an artificial component.
A total hip replacement (or total hip arthroplasty) involves six main steps:
The 3 most common approaches are as follows:
The bottom line is that hip replacement surgery is a last resort for dealing with hip pain due to arthritis. However, if you have tried conservative treatment options with no success and persistent arthritic hip pain is interfering with your life and limiting your daily activities, it is time to talk with your doctor about a hip replacement.