Hip Replacement


Hip replacement, also called total hip arthroplasty, is surgery that replaces a worn out or damaged hip with an artificial joint (prosthesis). Joint replacement surgery for a damaged hip joint may be recommended for patients who have had a hip fracture or who have severe hip pain caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Infections and hip deformities also can cause hip joint degeneration that requires hip replacement. Replacing damaged hip joints can help patients return to comfortable, productive lives.

BWH: a leading provider of hip replacement services.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) offers expert care for patients with damaged hip joints, including hip replacement services. In the past year alone, our experienced orthopaedic surgeons improved the quality of life for some 500 patients suffering from severe hip damage by delivering expert hip replacement surgery. Specialists in our Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center are also offering new alternatives to total hip replacement for younger, more active patients to help them maintain joint mobility and stability and potentially avoid or delay total hip replacement.

Hip replacement services at BWH include:

  • Total hip replacement surgery, which replaces the entire hip joint, including both the ball and socket, with artificial material such as metal, polyethylene or ceramics
  • Hip resurfacing, a relatively new procedure that replaces the socket, but leaves the ball portion of the femur in place and instead covers it with a hollow hemispherical cap; BWH is one of only a few New England hospitals that offer hip resurfacing

World-class hip replacement and other orthopaedic surgeries at BWH.

Our orthopaedic program at BWH has been consistently recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top-ranking programs in the country. Our orthopaedic surgical staff continually strives to raise the standard of care for arthroplastic surgery, including hip replacement, developing new advanced surgical protocols and designing better joint implants. Hundreds of patients each year return to full, active lives thanks to the hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries provided by our experienced and skilled orthopaedic surgeons.

In addition to surgery to replace damaged hips and knees, BWH offers many innovative joint arthroplasty techniques, including:

Patients seeking surgery for replacement or repair of damaged hip joints have access to our staff of more than 40 orthopaedic specialists at four locations in the greater Boston area. Our orthopaedic surgery staff encourages patients' active participants in their care and recovery while providing patients with expert, comprehensive care. Every year our specialists in orthopaedic surgery, physiatry, rheumatology, and rehabilitation, work together with dedicated nurses, physician assistants, and other professionals, to provide state-of-the-art assessment and treatment for thousands of patients. Learn more about hip replacement at BWH.

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