Hip Replacement Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and After

Before the surgery, the patient will undergo pre-operative tests and evaluations to ensure that they are fit for the procedure. This may include blood tests, an EKG, and X-rays of the hip joint. The patient will also meet with the anaesthesiologist to discuss the type of anaesthesia that will be used during the procedure.

During the surgery, the damaged joint will be removed and replaced with an artificial one. The procedure is typically performed under general anaesthesia and can take several hours to complete. The surgeon will make an incision in the hip and remove the damaged joint. The new joint will then be positioned and secured in place.

After the surgery, patients will need to go through a period of recovery and rehabilitation to help them regain their mobility and strength. This may include physical therapy, pain management, and the use of assistive devices such as crutches or a walker. The recovery time and success of the surgery may vary depending on the individual’s overall health and the type of implant used.

In the first few weeks after surgery, patients will be advised to limit their activity and avoid putting weight on the affected hip. As the hip begins to heal, patients will gradually increase their activity level and begin to regain their strength and mobility. The length of the recovery period can vary from person to person, but most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few months.

It is important to note that hip replacement surgery is not a cure for the underlying condition that caused the joint damage. However, it can greatly improve the patient’s quality of life by reducing pain and improving mobility.


This article was written by Ben Clegg part of an ongoing series of scientific communications written and curated by BioTrib’s Early Stage Researchers.

Ben is researching the Wear particle characterization and bio-compatibility of newly 3D printed self-lubricating polymer composites in total joint replacements at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.