Frequently Asked Questions: Hip Replacements
Advanced Joint Care
& Replacement Center
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive
4th Floor East
Burlingame, CA 94010
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What type of artificial hip is right for me?
The best person to make this decision is your surgeon, based on your age, weight and medical condition. Artificial hip joints—called prostheses—come in several versions, such as metal on polyethylene, ceramic on polyethylene or ceramic on ceramic. Choosing the right implant for your body and your needs is a decision you should make with your surgeon well in advance of your surgery.
How long will my joint replacement last?
Your hip replacement is expected to last for 30 years or more. We are fortunate that modern implant materials have significantly reduced wear rates. These new materials have dramatically increased the life span of today’s total hip replacements.
Why do hip replacements sometimes fail?
Infection is the primary reason. Failure after many years is usually caused by osteolysis, a gradual loosening of the hip joint that comes from wear and tear on the new joint surfaces. If you experience persistent pain or weakening, your hip component may be loose. Please contact your doctor or care team immediately.
How long will the operation take?
The actual surgery usually lasts from 1-2 hours, plus another 1-2 hours for prep and recovery in the operating room. The length of the surgery depends on your health and medical needs, as well your size. Larger patients with more hip problems require longer surgical time.
How long will I be in the hospital?
The average hospital stay is about three days, but your discharge depends on your ability to eat, control your pain and your progress with physical therapy.
When can I drive, resume sexual activity, play golf?
Your surgeon will advise you regarding resuming your normal activities depending on your individual health and how quickly you recover from surgery. Most people can resume normal activities in four to eight weeks.