Are you experiencing persistent hip pain or discomfort that won’t go away? The hip is the largest joint in our body and is prone to wear and tear over time. According to the American College of Rheumatology, over 450,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed annually in the United States. As our population ages, this number keeps rising. 

But how do you know when to consider a hip replacement? Travis Clegg, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, is committed to helping you understand the symptoms, recognize the signs you might need hip replacement surgery, and understand the associated risks and benefits. 

What is a Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement, also known as total hip replacement or total hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves replacing damaged or worn sections of the hip joint with an artificial one. 

“We are able to perform our anterior hip replacements through a small (10cm or less) incision. By utilizing the anterior approach we do not have to cut into any muscles so it is truly a muscle-sparing surgery.”

“This operation, performed under anesthesia, aims to provide pain relief, improved hip function, and increased mobility, ultimately enhancing the patient’s overall quality of life, ” says Dr. Clegg.

Patients are generally up walking 1 hour after the procedure and can go home the same day.

How Do I Know If a Hip Replacement Is Needed?

Determining if a hip replacement is needed involves consulting a hip surgeon who will assess your symptoms, conduct physical examinations, and order imaging tests to evaluate the extent of joint damage. Despite conservative treatments, common indicators include persistent hip pain, limited mobility, and reduced quality of life.

Don’t Ignore These Signs and Symptoms 

Signs and symptoms can vary, but typical indicators may signal a need for a hip replacement. These signs include:

  • Persistent Hip Pain: If you’re experiencing ongoing or recurring pain in and around the hip joint or groin area  it could be a sign that a hip replacement is necessary.
  • Increased Discomfort: If you’re experiencing increasing pain, discomfort, and limited mobility stemming from a previous hip injury, such as a fractured pelvis, hip fracture, or joint damage, a hip replacement might be a solution.
  • Activity-Related Pain and Stiffness: Hip pain that worsens with activity and comes with stiffness is a common indicator.
  • Limited Mobility: Difficulty with mobility, including walking, bending, or getting in and out of chairs, can be a clear sign.
  • Disrupted Sleep: Pain that makes sleeping difficult, especially when lying on your side, is a telling symptom.
  • Visible Changes: If you notice significant changes in your hip joint, it’s worth discussing with your orthopedic specialist.

The Risks and Benefits of Hip Replacement Surgery

Exploring the decision to undergo hip replacement surgery requires a comprehensive understanding of both its potential risks and benefits. 

From improved mobility to surgical complications, weighing these factors with the guidance of a hip orthopedic specialist can help make an informed choice about this transformative procedure.


While hip replacement surgery is generally a safe and successful procedure, there are potential risks to be aware of, including:

  • Nerve Damage
  • Risk of Dislocation After Hip Replacement
  • Risk of DVT and Blood Clots After Hip Replacement
  • Infection
  • Leg Length Discrepancy
  • General Wear and Tear


The benefits of hip replacement surgery are substantial and can include:

  • Pain Relief: Relief from persistent hip pain and discomfort.
  • High Success Rate: For most patients, the outcome of hip replacement surgery is quite promising. Approximately 95% of patients find relief from hip pain following the procedure, and a significant percentage of implants, around 90% to 95%, continue to function well even out to 25 years from surgery
  • Improved Strength and Mobility: Enhanced mobility and quality of life
  • Long-Lasting Results: Long-term relief from hip-related issues
  • Enhanced Quality of Life: A chance to regain an active and pain-free life

Dr. Clegg states, “Hip replacement surgery has changed many patients’ lives. It relieves pain and restores the ability to enjoy activities and regain independence.”

When Should I Visit My Orthopedic?

If you’ve been experiencing any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, it is important to consult with an orthopedic specialist. A timely visit to an orthopedic expert can help diagnose your condition and determine the best course of treatment, whether it involves hip replacement surgery or other non-invasive approaches.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms or have questions about hip replacement, don’t wait; schedule an appointment with Dr. Clegg and take the first step toward a pain-free and active future.