Indications of Hip Replacement

The most common indication for THA is degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis) of the hip joint. This type of arthritis is generally seen with aging, congenital abnormality of the hip joint, or prior trauma to the hip joint. Other conditions leading to total hip replacement include bony fractures of the femoral neck at the hip joint, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis (death of the femoral head), as seen in this video, and developmental dysplasia of the hip.


There are no absolute contra-indications however, few relative contra-indications can be summarised including:

  • skeletally immature patient,
  • active sepsis or active infection in the joint.