Hip Replacement

Frequently Asked Questions

2. What are the most common reasons for hip replacement?

The most common reason for hip replacement is osteoarthritis of the hip. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage covering the ends of the bones where they meet to form joints breaks down. This causes the bones of the joint to rub together. Growths of bone, called spurs, may form around the joint. This leads to pain and stiffness.

Learn more about the causes of osteoarthritis.

Other possible reasons for hip replacement include injuries, fractures, bone tumors, osteonecrosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the body's immune system attacks the membrane that lines the joint. This can lead to pain, inflammation, and destruction of the joint. Osteonecrosis is a condition in which the blood supply to the bone is cut off, causing the bone to die.