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Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery can relieve pain and make moving the hip easier. Your provider may recommend hip replacement surgery if you have severe arthritis or a complex injury that is not treated or managed with conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, medication or lifestyle modifications.

Types of Hip Replacement Surgery

There have been many advances in hip replacement surgery over the past few years, which offer patients more options and lead to better outcomes. You and your surgeon determine which procedure is right for you:

  • Anterior hip replacement – A relatively new alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery is the anterior approach. Your surgeon makes a single, 4-inch incision on the front of the hip instead of the back or side. This method has the potential to reduce your pain, quicken your recovery time and increase your mobility.
  • Total hip replacement – During total hip replacement, your surgeon makes a 10- to 12-inch incision along the side of the hip and exposes the hip joint by moving muscles. The damaged joint is then removed and replaced with an artificial joint that is attached with cement or a special surgical material.
  • Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery – Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is similar to traditional total hip replacement. Instead of one long incision, your surgeon makes one or two cuts that are 2 to 5 inches long.

During hip replacement surgery, the damaged / diseased joint is replaced with metal and high-grade plastics.


Hip replacement surgery is a complex procedure and recovery can vary across individuals. It’s helpful to prepare ahead of time for surgery, but be sure to talk to your doctor about what you should expect after your procedure.

Recovery Timeline

Hip replacement surgery generally takes about two to three hours. After surgery, you can expect to:

  • Get up and walk around one to two days after surgery, and sometimes sooner.

  • Begin physical therapy one to two days after surgery.

  • Stay in the hospital for two to three days.

  • Follow your surgeon’s discharge instructions the first few weeks after surgery.

  • Keep your incision dry until after your follow-up appointment.

  • Continue physical therapy at home and as an outpatient.

  • Get your staples removed 10 to 14 days after the procedure.

  • Begin driving again three to six weeks after surgery (based on operative side).

  • Return to normal activities 10 to 12 weeks after hip replacement surgery.

Recovery Exercises

Physical therapy is an important step in strengthening your hip and leg after hip replacement surgery. A physical therapist works with you closely to teach you exercises to help rebuild your strength and regain function.

Be sure to talk to your surgeon and therapist about which exercises are safe for you. Exercises may include:

  • Ankle pumps

  • Ankle rotations

  • Bed-supported knee bends

  • Straight leg raises

  • Stair climbing and descending

Recovery Tips

Recovering from hip replacement can take patience. It’s important to commit to following your doctor’s instructions. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to improve your hip replacement recovery experience, including:

  • Exercise regularly before your surgery.

  • Get up and move around after surgery, when it is safe to do so.

  • Eat healthy.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Exercise after surgery when it is safe to do so.

  • Prepare your home for a safe and comfortable recovery.

Delivering the Latest Advances in Hip Replacement Surgery

Temple Health’s team of specialists collaborates to offer the highest quality of care for our patients who need hip replacement surgery. Our understanding of the complex problems associated with hip pain and injuries helps patients receive the latest advances in care.

At Temple Health, our experienced team is committed to educating our patients on the extent and possible outcomes of their injuries, and walking them through each of their treatment options. We’re here to treat your hip, reduce your pain and restore function so you can get back to the activities you most enjoy.

Temple patient, Linda
Learn how we helped one hip replacement patient get back to the life she loved.
Learn how we helped one hip replacement patient get back to the life she loved.

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