Hip Replacement

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does hip replacement surgery involve?

Hip replacement surgery involves surgically removing your damaged hip and replacing it with an artificial hip, which consists of two parts: a ball made of highly polished strong metal or ceramic material and a socket made of plastic, ceramic or metal. The ball attaches to the top of the thigh bone, or femur; the new socket attaches to your pelvis.

Depending on the type of artificial hip used, the components may be fastened to your existing bone with special glue or cement or they may rely on a process called biologic fixation to hold them in place. This means that the parts are made with a porous surface. Over time, your own bone grows into the holes in the joint surface to secure them.