Based on your past medical history, physical exam and current condition, your doctor is recommending a total hip replacement.
Total hip replacement, also called total hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure performed over one hundred thousand times each year.
The main reasons for performing a total hip replacement are to replace a worn out hip joint, improve the motion of your hip and relieve pain. There are many conditions that can cause your hip joint to wear out. The most common reason is arthritis, which results from either the wear and tear of daily activities over time or from inflammatory diseases.
Your doctor will usually first recommend non-surgical treatment methods for decreasing the symptoms of a worn out joint, before suggesting surgery. This can include medication, activity changes, steroid injections into the hip or physical therapy.
If these methods have been unsuccessful at relieving your symptoms, your doctor will recommend a total hip replacement.