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 more hip replacement surgeries and procedures than any other San Diego area health care system, 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 six consecutive years.
Our hip specialists provide hip replacements and other hip procedures across the San Diego region for local and out-of-town patients.
Chronic hip pain is often caused by:
- Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which often causes swelling and inflammation of the hip joint that becomes worse over time
- Hip fractures 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, which can wear away the cartilage in the hip joint over time.
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.
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.
Hip replacement surgery is among the most common surgeries in the US, and Scripps surgeons perform more than 3,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries each year. That total is more than any other local health care provider, according to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
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, including:
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.
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.