What is Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant, that is, a hip prosthesis. Hip replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi (half) replacement.

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Such joint replacement orthopedic surgery is generally conducted to relieve arthritis pain or in some hip fractures. Hip replacement is currently one of the most common orthopedic operations, though patient satisfaction short- and long-term varies widely.

The average cost of a total hip replacement in 2012 was $40,364 in the United States, and about $7,700 to $12,000 in most European countries.