Hip Replacement Surgery Overview


Patients needing hip replacement surgery will find compassionate and comprehensive care at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). As a leading provider of partial and total hip replacement surgery services, our orthopaedic surgeons perform hip replacement surgery to help improve the quality of life for hundreds of patients each year.

Surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery also provide treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder impingement, and many other orthopaedic conditions.

What is hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, is a surgery in which a damaged hip joint is replaced or restored in order to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve the patient's quality of life. Surgery is may be recommended after the patient has tried various nonsurgical treatments, including anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, exercise and conditioning, pain medications, and viscosupplementation injections to add lubrication to the joint. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, is the most common reason patients require hip replacement surgery.

Surgeons at BWH offer two categories of hip replacement surgery services:

  • In total hip replacement surgery, the entire hip joint, including the ball and socket of the hip, are replaced with a prosthesis made of metal, polyethylene or ceramics.
  • In partial hip replacement surgery, surgeons replace the hip socket with artificial materials but rather than replacing the ball portion of the femur, they resurface it with a hollow hemispherical cap to provide a smoother surface and enable easier movement.

Recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Following replacement surgery, are encouraged to move the new joint, and work with a physical therapist to create an exercise program to build strength and improve range of motion.

Find a BWH doctor for hip replacement surgery.

To inquire about hip replacement surgery at BWH or to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists, please call 1-800-294-9999. You may also use the Find a Doctor feature on our website to search for an orthopaedic surgeon.

Learn more now about the comprehensive medical services available through Brigham and Women's. For patients in need of other medical specialists, contact us to book an appointment with any of our experts, from a sports medicine physician or weight loss surgery specialist to a Boston hand specialist or Boston knee surgeon.

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