When hip replacement occurs, the natural joint is partially or entirely replaced with an artificial joint (prosthesis). Most artificial joints are made from high-strength plastic, metal or a combination of the two. The hip joint replacement mirrors the ball-in-socket structure of the natural joint.
Hip replacement surgery is used for several conditions. These may include:
After surgery, physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process. As part of the recovery, individuals learn how to use crutches and to perform proper exercises.