Treatment Guide: Hip Replacement Revise: WHAT IS HIP REPLACEMENT?

It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like—the faulty or diseased part of your hip that’s causing you pain is removed during surgery. It’s then replaced with a metal, man-made joint known as a prosthesis. (Penn Health walks you through the process here.) The result? You move much more closely to how you used to—without pain. You might also hear your doc refer to this procedure as “arthroplasty” — the technical term for a hip swap. Want to know more? Read Jefferson’s Hospital’s rundown on hip replacement here.

Why Are You Hurting and Is Surgery for You?