A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint (prosthesis).

Although an artificial hip will never be better than a normal healthy joint, in the vast majority of cases surgery will alleviate pain and stiffness and allow you to return to general daily activities, generally including sports and moderate physical work.

Hip replacements have been performed for over 40 years and are considered to be one of the most successful surgical procedures.