What is Hip Replacement

What exactly is Hip Replacement? Our medical encyclopedia can get you started in your journey to learn more about this procedure. Continue your research by choosing one of the procedure sections to the left.

Hip Replacement Definition

Alternate Names for Hip Replacement:
Arthroplasty, hip
Hip arthroplasty
Mini-incision hip replacement
Minimally invasive total hip replacement
Total hip replacement


A total hip replacement is a surgery to replace a diseased or injured hip joint. An artificial ball-and-socket joint is inserted to make a new hip. The artificial joint is called a prosthesis.

A minimally invasive total hip replacement is also a surgery to replace a diseased or injured hip joint. This surgery only requires one or two tiny incisions and special instruments. People eligible for this surgery are typically:

  • Younger than 50
  • Normal weight
  • Healthier than those who undergo the traditional total hip replacement surgery


Learn what Hip Replacement is
What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For Hip Replacement
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Hip Replacement Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Hip Replacement Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Hip Replacement Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Hip Replacement
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

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