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At North York General Hospital, your health care team eases any concerns you may have before and after your surgery.

What is total hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery replaces your arthritic hip joint with an artificial ball and socket. Your orthopaedic surgeon will choose the type of artificial ball and socket that best meets your individual needs. Once in place, the artificial ball and socket work almost the same as your natural hip joint.
Image of a normal and an artificial hip.
 
The procedure itself lasts about three hours. Following the surgery you will be taken to the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (recovery room) where you will be monitored by a nurse. After a few hours, you will be ready to be moved to your room on the inpatient unit.

Good pain control is important for a successful recovery. You will be asked to rate your pain using a pain scale. A pain scale helps us make decisions on how to relieve your pain. You will be asked by staff the level of your pain on a scale from 0 to 10 (0 = no pain, 10 = worst pain). We encourage you to keep your pain level less than 4.

You can expect to go home within three days after your hip surgery.

Do you have any questions or concerns? Contact the Hip and Knee Patient Navigator at 416-756-6000 ext. 4490 or email Hipknee.Navigator@nygh.on.ca. Learn more about the Hip and Knee Patient Navigator.