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Hip Surgery

Replaces the diseased hip with an artificial joint

When to consider a hip replacement?

Hip replacement can treat hip pain and stiffness in people with arthritis, avascular necrosis, or other forms of hip joint damage.


There are several types of conditions requiring hip surgery, and it is recommended to seek medical attention if you experience significant pain, inflammation, and damage to your hip joints due to conditions such as:

During your surgery, Dr. Benoit will replace both ends of the damaged hip joint with artificial parts*.


*Components of the hip prosthesis:


  1. A sphere attached to a metal rod, which is inserted into the thigh bone (femur).
  2. A metal cup and its inner liner, which is attached to the female part of the hip joint (acetabulum) to allow the prosthetic joint to rotate smoothly.¹

¹ Note that the joint can be made of metal or ceramic, the choice will be discussed during the consultation.

Possible conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis of the hip
  • Necrosis of the femoral head
  • Fractures de la hanche
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Bone tumors
  • Severe bursitis
  • Labral injuries of the hip
  • Hip dislocation
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Hip tendon tear
  • Osteonecrosis of the hip
  • Degenerative hip diseases
  • Septic arthritis of the hip
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome

What happens during hip replacement surgery?

Consult our attached brochure to learn more about the typical procedure for hip replacement surgery.


The surgery replaces parts of the joint with artificial implants. The ball (head of the femur) and the socket (acetabulum) are replaced. The goal of the procedure is to allow you to return to your daily activities and exercise more comfortably.

Total hip replacement, a revolutionary advance in the field of orthopedic surgery, is transforming the lives of many individuals by providing an effective response to debilitating hip problems. This sophisticated surgical procedure aims to relieve pain, restore mobility and improve the quality of life of patients with serious joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis.


By replacing damaged surfaces of the hip with highly durable artificial implants, surgeons enable gradual recovery and a return to active daily life.


Initially, Dr. Benoit may recommend other treatments such as medications for pain or inflammation, walking aids, joint injections, and physical therapy. If these measures do not relieve pain and stiffness, a hip replacement may be necessary to restore function and improve quality of life.

When your quality of life suffers due to hip pain, it may be time for hip replacement. Signs of reduced quality of life include: difficulty performing simple tasks such as walking, dressing, putting on shoes, going up and down stairs, getting restful sleep due to pain, getting up from sitting, as well as the inability to fully participate in the activities you enjoy.

On average, hip replacement surgeries last less than an hour. A double hip replacement may take longer. Complications during surgery could also prolong the duration of surgery. You may need imaging, such as an x-ray, immediately after the procedure and during recovery to check the success of your operation and the recovery of your new hip.

Replacement of both hips at the same time

Both left and right hips can be replaced in a single operation. A double hip replacement is also called a bilateral hip replacement.


If you are having problems with both hips, Dr. Benoit may recommend a double (bilateral) hip replacement if you are healthy and can tolerate the procedure.


In Case of Emergency

Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you feel chest pain, shortness of breath, or extreme hip pain with sudden inability to move (dislocation of the prosthesis).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is my hip replacement painful?

As the treatment is carried out under anesthesia, you will not feel any discomfort. Discomfort following surgery can be relieved with medication.

How long does recovery take after hip replacement surgery?

Recovery times vary, but most patients can return to their usual routines within a few weeks or months.

Is there a minimum or maximum age for hip replacement surgery?

There is no specific age limit for hip replacement surgery. Dr. Benoit evaluates each patient individually to decide if the operation is necessary.

What type of anesthesia is used during a hip replacement?

You can choose between general (whole body) and regional (spinal or epidural) anesthesia based on your unique medical history and preferences.

Can I return to my sports and physical activities after a hip replacement?

Once fully recovered, patients can frequently return to sports and other physical activities. Dr. Benoit will provide advice as soon as it is safe to do so.

Make an Appointment

We will contact you within 24 hours or Call +1 (514) 331 1400

Please note that a referral from your doctor is required for a consultation in the public system. Be aware that delays are longer in the public system given the current exceptional situation in the health network.

    Our Office

    370 – 5777 Boul. Gouin O. Montréal, Québec H4J 1E3

    +1 (514) 331-1400

    Did you know that?

    The first total hip replacement surgery was performed in 1960 by Dr. John Charnley at Wrightington Hospital in England, marking the start of a revolution in the treatment of hip conditions. ⁽¹⁾