Answers to Common Hip Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about hip arthritis.

What is hip replacement surgery?

Dr. Ryan Bauman explains what hip replacement surgery involves. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Total hip replacement is a method of treating various types of arthritis of the hip, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon. In this procedure, the damaged joint is removed and replaced with prosthetic parts, according to the AAOS.

The hip operates like a ball and socket, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon. The thigh bone has a femoral head (the ball) that fits into the pelvic acetabulum (the socket), according to the NIH. A typical traditional hip replacement procedure takes one to two hours as the surgeon replaces the head of the femur and the acetabulum with new, artificial parts, according to the NIH.

For more information about hip replacement surgery, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Ryan Bauman, MD, Orthopedic Institute of Dayton

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