Hip Replacement Surgery

Treatment options for chronic hip pain in San Diego

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Treatment options for chronic hip pain in San Diego

A growing number of people with severe pain in their hips are choosing to have hip replacement surgery. New surgical techniques and improved implants have made hip replacements more accurate, easier and longer-lasting than in the past, with faster recoveries and better outcomes.

Candidates for total hip replacement have usually tried several other treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, weight loss and/or injections. Their X-rays often show that the cartilage in their hip has worn away, making the bones in the joint rub together. This causes pain and more bone damage.

Scripps orthopedic surgeons perform state-of-the-art hip replacement and procedures, including outpatient surgery, and Scripps is a national leader in hip replacement surgery. U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list has recognized Scripps for excellence in orthopedic surgery and joint replacement for nine consecutive years.

Our hip specialists provide hip replacements and other hip procedures across the San Diego region for local and out-of-town patients.

Causes of chronic hip pain

Chronic hip pain is often caused by:

  • Arthritis — including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis — often causes swelling and inflammation of the hip joint that becomes worse over time.
  • Hip fractures — can be due to sports, falls, trauma or repetitive activities that put stress on the hips.
  • Hip impingement — an abnormal wearing of the hip ball-and-socket that causes a bony “bump” to form along the end of the hip, resulting in friction that can damage the joint and limit activity.

The most common reason for a hip replacement is osteoarthritis, this condition can wear away the cartilage in the hip joint over time.

Types of hip replacement surgery

Types of hip replacement surgery

Several types of hip surgery, including total hip replacement surgery, can help relieve chronic hip pain. Some patients may be able to have minimally invasive hip surgery.

What to expect from hip replacement

Hip replacement surgery can relieve hip pain and help you enjoy everyday activities again. Modern surgical techniques and improved materials have made the procedure easier and more successful, with a faster and easier recovery.

The best hip replacement surgeons

The best hip replacement surgeons

Hip replacement surgery is among the most common surgeries in the U.S. Our orthopedic surgeons are part of the reason Scripps has been nationally ranked as having one of the best orthopedic programs in the country.

Alternatives to hip replacement

Hip replacement is not an option without an expert diagnosis based on imaging tests and a physical exam. Some people with serious health problems may not be eligible for hip replacement surgery. 

Health insurance providers have various requirements before they will approve a hip replacement procedure, so be sure to check with your insurance plan. Usually, nonsurgical treatments are required before any surgery would be scheduled. These may include:

Scripps offers sports therapy and physical therapy at more than half a dozen locations in San Diego. Our team of experts uses the latest techniques and technologies to help people regain strength and mobility to get back in the game. Talk to your doctor about getting a referral to a specially trained Scripps rehabilitation specialist for hip therapy.

Scripps locations for hip replacement surgery

Support services and resources

As leaders in orthopedic care, we know what it takes to keep joints healthy. That’s why we equip our patients with support services and resources to help them achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with rehab services to empowering you with educational resources, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your journey.