Using this guide What's covered
Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about hip replacement. Learn about prostheses, how the surgery works, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how the surgery is done, view our procedure animation below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
Hip replacement is a standard procedure for osteoarthritis of the hip that hasn’t responded to more conservative measures. It may also be performed on patients who've fractured a hip, often following a fall (people with osteoporosis are at particular risk).
Other less common conditions that may lead to hip replacement include rheumatoid arthritis and avascular necrosis (hip bone tissue loss due to reduced blood supply).
Over 44,000 hip replacements are carried out in Australia every year. Internationally, over 90% of patients are satisfied with the result. After recovery, most patients have better mobility and function, as well as good relief from pain.
Signs you need a new hip
Hip replacement is normally recommended after other treatments have been tried for osteoarthritis. Your doctor may recommend hip replacement because:
- Your pain isn't controlled by medication
- Pain limits your activities
- Pain disturbs your sleep
- Your hip has become unstable or dysfunctional.
Treatments to consider before opting for surgery
Non-surgical options that may delay the need for hip replacement.
Results vs risks of surgery
The benefits and potential complications of hip replacement.
Choosing a specialist
How to find a surgeon who specialises in your procedure.
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