Many factors contribute to an artificial hip's lifetime, including the patient's physical condition, activity level, and weight, as well as the accuracy of placement during surgery.
But, while there are no guarantees, the numbers are encouraging. Studies show that more than 80% of all hip replacements across the industry last at least 15 years, and more than 70% last at least 20 years. Individual results may vary. Your results will depend on your personal circumstances.1
And just as with a natural hip, how well the materials in an artificial hip withstand the wear and tear that come with everyday use and rotation of the hip joint contributes to how long the artificial hip will last.
Even after you have fully recovered from your hip surgery, you will still have some restrictions. Normal daily activities do not typically include high-impact sports such as jogging, basketball, racquetball, gymnastics, or activities that put excessive strain on your hip joints. Safer activities may include walking, golf, swimming, and bicycling.
- Hip Implants [Internet]. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2007 Oct [cited 2011 Nov 16]. Available from: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00355