Hip Replacement Specialist

Valley Orthopedic Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand Surgeons located in Palmdale, CA & Ridgecrest, CA

If you spend your day struggling with hip pain and finding it hard to walk, it's time to consider hip replacement. With their experience performing minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, Anand Shah, MD, Mehul Taylor, MD, and the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute send most patients home the same day. With today's advanced prosthetics, you can look forward to a hip replacement that lasts 15-20 years. If you're ready to eliminate hip pain and regain mobility, call the office in Palmdale or Ridgecrest, California, or book an appointment online today.

Hip Replacement Q & A

When would I need a hip replacement? 

Arthritis is by far the top reason people have a hip replacement, and osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis affecting your hip joint. 

The bones inside the joint are protected by cartilage. Osteoarthritis develops as the cartilage starts to break down. Over time, more cartilage wears away, the tissues in the joint become chronically inflamed, and the bone starts to erode. 

By the time osteoarthritis reaches an advanced stage, you have significant damage inside the joint. At that stage, a hip replacement is your only treatment option. 

You may also need a hip replacement after suffering a hip fracture or from developing a condition called osteonecrosis. Osteonecrosis occurs when a loss of blood damages the thigh bone in the hip joint. 

When should I consider a hip replacement? 

You may need a new hip joint when: 

  • Conservative treatments stop relieving the pain
  • Hip pain stops you from daily activities
  • Hip pain persists even when resting
  • You have daily hip pain


As your hip arthritis progresses, you have ever-increasing pain and less mobility. You may limp, struggle to walk, have a hard time going up and down stairs, or find that the ongoing hip pain disrupts your sleep. These daily problems are signs that you should talk with Valley Orthopedic Institute about a hip replacement.

What happens during a hip replacement? 

After examining your hip, your provider at Valley Orthopedic Institute determines if you qualify for a partial or complete hip replacement. For both procedures, your provider removes all of the damaged tissues and reshapes the remaining bone to fit your new prosthetic joint components. 

Total hip replacement

During a total hip replacement, your provider places a cup-shaped metal component into the hip socket (after cleaning away the damaged cartilage and bone). 

Then they replace the top of your thigh with a metal ball attached to a stem. The stem goes through the center of the thigh bone, leaving the ball at the top. 

Finally, they place a plastic liner in the socket to serve as your new cartilage and secure the new ball in the socket. 

Partial hip replacement

If your provider determines you can have a partial hip replacement, they replace the top of your thigh bone but leave the hip socket intact. 

Don't keep struggling with hip pain. Call Valley Orthopedic Institute or book an appointment online to learn if you qualify for a hip replacement.