Information About Partial Hip Replacement Surgery

Submitted by Nic on October 17, 2012

A hip replacement surgery, whether total or partial, is a major surgery and should not be taken lightly. The main goal of a partial hip replacement surgery is to relieve pain and increase your mobility. With the help of a partial hip replacement, you will be able to restore the normal functioning of joints. In such a surgery, the damaged parts of the hips are removed and replaced with artificial implants that can help restore normal functioning of the joint.

A first time replacement is known as a primary surgery, and any subsequent surgeries on the hip are known as revisions of the surgery.

Artificial implants have a short life and may need to be repaired or replaced after some time. Now that people have started getting hip replacements at a younger age, revision surgeries are becoming very common.

What is the difference between partial and total hip replacement?

Partial hip replacement is also known as a hip hemiarthroplasty. In this surgery, only the ball or the femoral head of the damage joint is removed and replaced. In a complete hip replacement, the socket of the hip is also removed and replaced with a prosthetic.

When would you need it?

Broken and fractured hips are the primary cause of hip replacement. If you have had a traumatic hip injury and your hip cannot be repaired again, your doctor will recommend a partial or complete hip replacement. Those suffering from degenerative arthritis may also require a hip replacement surgery.

What is the recovery time?

Partial hip replacement surgery recovery time differs from person to person. Typically, the average recovery time is about a month. You will be kept in the hospital for two days for observation. After that, most patients are discharged from the hospital and can go back to their homes for full recovery. It may take about a month of recovery time for you to be able to put your full weight on your hip. With physical therapy, you will be able to resume the full use of your hip joint.

How long is the surgery?

Partial hip replacement surgery time is about 25 to 30 minutes, after which you will be taken to a recovery room where you can recover from the effect of the anesthesia. You may experience slight soreness and pain after partial hip replacement surgery, but it is only natural. The pain will go away gradually with physical therapy and regular exercise. As you recover and begin to use your joint fully you will stop feeling soreness and stiffness in the joint as well.


  • http://medicine.missouri.edu/ortho/Bal/hip-replacement-basics.html
  • http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/hh/quality-of-care/hip-replacement/index.cfm


  • http://bonesmart.org/hip/partial-hip-replacement-surgery/
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