Total Hip Replacement Surgery - Unilateral in India

Brief Description

Hip replacement surgery, or hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which an orthopaedic surgeon removes the diseased parts of the hip joint and replaces them with new, artificial parts. These artificial parts mimic the function of the normal hip joint. The goals of hip replacement surgery include pain relief from the damaged or diseased hip joint, improve the function of the hip joint and increase mobility. Hip replacement is a fairly common procedure with a very good success rate of 85%-90%.
Cost Estimate -  Total Hip Replacement Surgery - Unilateral cost at top hospitals in India typically starts from USD 5,600. The cost of any treatment depends on factors like hospital type, room type in the hospital, pre surgery tests cost, technique used, type of implants used if required etc. In India, there are many good hospitals where you can expect even 10%-15% lower quotes than above mentioned cost. Enquire with us to get free exact quotes from multiple hospitals and as per your budget.
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Total Hip Replacement Surgery - Unilateral Cost in top hospitals in India starts from


(AFN 436,800)

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(AFN 538,200)


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Overview of Hip Replacement Surgery


Hip replacement surgery, or hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which an orthopaedic surgeon removes the diseased parts of the hip joint and replaces them with new, artificial parts. These artificial parts mimic the function of the normal hip joint.

You may need hip replacement surgery if you have a disease, such as:

-        Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

-        Osteonecrosis, which happens when parts of a bone die due to decreased blood supply.

-        You may also need hip replacement surgery if you fracture (break) your hip from an injury, such as a fall, or from a bone disease.

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint and is one of the largest joints in the body. The upper end of the femur (thigh bone) meets the pelvis (hip bone) to create the joint. The “ball” at the end of the femur is called the femoral head and fits into the “socket” (the acetabulum) in the pelvis.

Here are a few videos from major hospitals and prominent youtube channels for your understanding.


The goals of hip replacement surgery include:

-        Relieve pain from the damaged or diseased hip joint.

-        Improve the function of the hip joint.

-        Increase mobility.

During a hip replacement, the surgeon makes an incision over the side of the thigh and removes the diseased or damaged bone and cartilage from the hip joint. Next, the surgeon replaces the head of the femur and acetabulum with new, artificial parts. Surgeons try to perform hip replacement with smallest incision possible to try to limit the amount of injury to the soft tissues and bone.


The main parts of most hip replacements that fit against the bone, the socket, and the stem are made of metal. The joint surface (called the bearing surface) may have metal, ceramic, or plastic components. Your surgeon may use a combination of artificial pieces to replace the hip joint. For example:

-        Metal ball with a plastic socket lining.

-        Ceramic ball with a plastic socket lining.

-        Ceramic ball with a ceramic socket or lining.

Because of complications that may develop, surgeons rarely use metal-on-metal artificial bearing surfaces.

In addition, the surgeon will choose pieces that attach differently to the remaining bone, including: 

-        Cemented replacements, which fasten artificial parts to healthy bone with a special glue or cement.

-        Uncemented replacements, which use artificial parts with a porous surface or other type of surface. This allows bone to grow into the pores to hold the new parts in place. Because it takes some time for the natural bone to grow and attach to the prosthesis, your activity may be limited for several months after surgery. 

-        Hybrid replacements, which use a cemented femur part and uncemented acetabular part.


Before the surgery, you will undergo orthopedic evaluation which will typically include:

Physical Examination – The doctor will access hip mobility, strength, and alignment.

X-rays - These images help to determine the extent of damage or deformity in your hip.

Aspiration – The doctor may aspire some amount of liquid from the hip joint and examine to check if the cause of pain is other than rheumatoid arthritis. Aspiration helps determine if pain/infection is caused due to degeneration of the hip.

Bone densitometry test – This test is used to measure the density of the bones.

CT and MRI Scans – These scans are used to see three-dimensional pictures of the hip joint.

Preparing for Hip Replacement Surgery


Preparing for hip replacement surgery begins several weeks or more before the actual surgery. Being as healthy as possible before your surgery can help you recover and lower your chances of developing a complication. 

You can do several things before hip replacement surgery to help you prepare for surgery and recovery.

-        Speak with your surgeon and other health care team members about what to expect.

-        Ask your surgeon about exercises you can perform to strengthen your core, upper body, and leg muscles before surgery.

-        If you smoke, try to quit or cut back on the amount you smoke.

-        If you are overweight, try to lose weight. Being overweight can increase the risk of complications during or after surgery.

-        Ask for help around the house for a week or two after coming home from the hospital or surgical center. This may include help with cooking, shopping, and laundry.

-        Prepare for meals in advance.

-        Set up an area in your home where you will spend most of your time recovering. You may want to:

o   Keep the television remote control, telephone, cell phone, medicine, tissues, and wastebasket close by.

o   Place other items you use every day at arm’s level so you can easily reach them.

o   Wear an apron with pockets for carrying things around the house. This leaves hands and arms free for balance or to use crutches.

o   Use a long-handled “reacher” to turn on lights or grab things that are beyond arm’s length.

-        Speak to your health care team about equipment that may help with daily activities such as:

o   Safety bars in the bathroom.

o   Raised toilet seat.

o   Shower chair or bench to use during bathing.

o   Assistive devices to help you move around, such as a walker or crutches.

What to Expect During Hip Replacement Surgery?


During hip replacement, you will receive anesthesia. Depending on your health and current medications, your past experiences with anesthesia, and the type of hip replacement you are having, you may have:

-        Regional anesthesia, which blocks nerves to a certain area of your body. Most people who have regional anesthesia are awake, so you may receive a light sedative to help you relax.

-        General anesthesia, which acts on the brain and nervous system and puts your whole body to sleep.

-        Your surgeon will make an incision over the hip. The size of the incision will vary depending on many factors, including your size and your surgeon’s preferences. 

-        Your surgeon will remove the diseased bone tissue and cartilage from the hip joint.

-        Your surgeon will replace the ball (head of the femur) and the surface of the socket (acetabulum) with new, artificial parts.

-        You will be moved to the recovery room after surgery.



What to Expect After Hip Replacement Surgery?


The amount of time you spend in the hospital or surgical center after your surgery may vary depending on many factors, including your overall health. Some people may go home the same day, while others stay in the hospital. If you stay in the hospital, your health care team works together to prepare you and your family to go home.

If you need extra time and therapy to recover, your health care team may recommend that you spend some time in a rehabilitation or skilled nursing care facility.

Everyone who has hip replacement surgery learns exercises to strengthen the hip and how to move around safely. These may include:

-        Bearing weight on the leg and hip on which you had surgery.

-        Learning how to walk with your new hip.

-        Climbing stairs.

-        Using devices to help you move and walk.

-        Learning exercises to strengthen your trunk and leg muscles.

Whether you stay at the hospital, go home the same day, or transfer to another facility, your health care team will give you instructions to follow once you are home. This may include:

-        Activities you can do at home (for example, climbing stairs and using assistive devices such as a walker or crutches to get around).

-        Specific exercises to do at home to rehabilitate your hip.

-        Directions for how to care for your incision.

-        Setting up an appointment for follow-up with your surgeon.

-        Physical therapy. Research shows that an exercise and rehabilitation program can help you recover from hip replacement surgery.

-        Planning for support at home, such as having someone to drive you to appointments and help with activities around the house.

The speed and completeness of your recovery from hip replacement surgery can vary depending on many factors, including your overall health and fitness level before surgery. For many people, much of their recovery happens in the first 2 months after surgery. However, it is important to know that full recovery continues as you get stronger and more active over the next year after surgery. Over this period of time, your physical therapist and doctors provide guidance on an exercise program, which can reduce stiffness, strengthen muscles, improve your mobility, and increase your endurance. Your health care team can provide advice on when you can start to participate in more demanding activities.

Some people may need to have a revision surgery (operating on the artificial joint). This can happen when you develop other complications, such as:

-        Loosening of the replacement joint from the bone, which can cause pain and bone loss.

-        X-rays show bone loss related to wearing of the joint surfaces.

-        Fracture (broken bone) around the artificial hip joint.

-        Dislocation, when the ball slips out of socket.

-        Infection in the bones around the artificial joint.

-        Doctors consider revision surgery based on your overall health and how effectively other treatments are relieving your symptoms.



Life After Hip Replacement Surgery


Most people who have hip replacement surgery experience:

-        Less pain.

-        Better mobility.

-        Improvements in activities of daily living and quality of life.

Talk to your doctor about exercises that you can participate in to increase muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness without injuring the new hip.

Most doctors recommend avoiding high-impact activities, such as basketball, jogging, and vigorous tennis. These activities may lead to excessive wear of the new hip or cause loosening of its parts.

Remember to take precautions to avoid falls and injuries. Here are some tips to help prevent falls outdoors and when you are away from home:

-        Use a cane or walker if needed for added stability.

-        Wear shoes that provide support and have thin nonslip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads.

-        Walk on grass when sidewalks are slippery.

-        Stop at curbs and check their height before stepping up or down.

-        Some ways to help prevent falls indoors are:

-        Keep rooms free of clutter, especially on floors. Avoid running electrical cords across walking areas.

-        Use plastic or carpet runners on slippery floors.

-        Wear shoes, even when indoors, that provide support and have thin nonslip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads.

-        If you have a pet, be mindful of where they are to avoid tripping over them.

-        Do not walk in socks, stockings, or slippers.

-        Be careful on polished floors that are slick and dangerous, especially when wet, and walk on plastic or carpet runners when possible.

-        Be sure carpets and area rugs have skid-proof backing or are tacked to the floor. Use double-stick tape to keep rugs from slipping.

-        Be sure stairs are well lit and have rails on both sides.

-        Install grab bars on bathroom walls near the tub, shower, and toilet.

-        Use a rubber bathmat or slip-proof seat in the shower or tub.

-        Improve lighting in your home. Use nightlights or keep a flashlight next to your bed in case you need to get up at night. Install ceiling fixtures or lamps that can be turned on by a switch near the room’s entrance.

-        Add more lights in rooms.

-        Use a sturdy step stool with a handrail and wide steps.

-        Keep a cordless phone or cell phone with you so that you do not have to rush to the phone when it rings. In addition, if you fall, you can call for help.

-        Consider having a personal emergency-response system; you can use it to call for help if you fall.


Info Source:
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Video Credits: Youtube channels - Medanta - The Medicity Hospital, Tri Star Health, Top Doctord UK, NHS Oxford University Hospitals.


Surgery would be required as the last available option for treatment. Your health care provider may recommend that you try other treatments before having hip replacement surgery, including:
- Pain medications.
- Physical therapy and exercise programs.
- Activity changes to limit strain on your hip.
- Assistive devices such as a cane, crutch, or walker.

A common reply to this question is that total joint replacement lasts approximately 15-20 years. You have a 90-95% chance that your joint will last 10 years, and 80-85% that it will last 20 years. With improvements in technology, these numbers may improve. Despite such improvements it is important to maintain long-term follow-up with your surgeon to assure your replacement is functioning appropriately.

The way a surgeon gains access to the hip during hip replacement surgery is referred to as an approach. There are various types of approaches named according to the direction that the surgery is performed. The most common approach today is referred to as the posterior approach, which is done from the back of the hip. Some more recent improvements to this approach (small incision and less tissue trauma) have been called mini posterior approach.
Another currently popular approach is known as the anterior approach, which is performed from the front of the hip. The lateral approach is less frequently used but a viable approach for the surgery. There are pros and cons of each approach and little science to endorse one over the other.
Surgeons tend to have a preference and comfort level with one particular approach over the others. The bottom line is that the best approach is the one your doctor is most comfortable with to allow safe and precise implantation of your hip replacement components. A conversation with your surgeon should help decide which approach is best for you.

The size of the incision can vary and depends on several factors that include the size of the patient, the complexity of the surgery, and surgeon preference. Generally, the scar will be approximately 6-8 inches long and will be along the side of your hip.

Yes, but your healthcare team at hospital will keep you comfortable with appropriate medication during your stay at hospital and at home.

Approximately 5-7 days and will be changed daily.

Although rare, blood transfusion may be required after the surgery. Your doctor will guide you on this aspect before the surgery.

Yes. You will start with a walker until your muscle strength returns after surgery.

The blood clots in the lower extremities can travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) which can cause respiratory failure and shock. Other problems include difficulty with urination, local skin or joint infection, fracture of the bone during and after surgery, scarring and limitation of motion of the hip, and dislocation and loosening of the prosthesis which eventually leads to prosthesis failure.

Elevated blood sugar levels interfere with healing and recovery after the procedure. The blood sugar level must be under control before undergoing the procedure. Your doctor will ask regarding diabetes before the procedure and guide you accordingly.

The most common reason for failure is loosening of the artificial ball where it is secured in the femur, or loosening of the socket. Wearing of the plastic spacer may also result in the need for revision.

Unlike an organ transplant, the risk of your body rejecting the artificial hip or knee parts is exceedingly rare. The materials used in the typical replacement surgery are well tolerated by the body and have a long track record of successful implantation. While in rare cases the parts may become loose or infected, this is typically related to other factors and not due to your body rejecting the parts.

The majority of people who undergo total hip replacement are able to participate in a majority of their daily activities by six weeks. By three months, most people have regained much the endurance and strength lost around the time of surgery, and can participate in daily activities without restriction. While daily activities have resumed, it is important to avoid high impact activities to give you the best long-term outcome with your hip.

After the surgery, you can sleep on your operative side once your wounds are completely healed and you are comfortable. You may sleep on your non-operative side after 4 weeks with a pillow between the knees. You doctor will guide you on the same.

Most surgeons do not like the wound to be exposed to water for five to seven days; however, more surgeons are using waterproof dressings that allow patients to shower the day after surgery. You can remove the dressing at seven to ten days after surgery. Once you remove the dressings, you still shouldn

Most surgeons and hospitals today emphasize getting you out of bed quickly. Most people are walking with the assistance of a walker on the day after surgery. Early ambulation has been shown to reduce the risk of a post-operative blood clot and is an important part of your recovery. Progression to using a cane or nothing at all typically occurs within the first month or two after surgery and depends on each individual

Most surgeons allow patients to drive at four to six weeks after surgery, and sometimes sooner if the operative leg is the left leg. There is some literature that states that your reaction time will not be back to normal prior to six weeks.

Returning to work is highly dependent on your general health, activity level and demands of your job. If you have a sedentary job, such as computer work, you can expect to return to work in four to six weeks. If you have a more demanding job that requires lifting, walking, or travel, you may need up to three months for full recovery.

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