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Hip Replacement Procedures

An anatomical drawing of a hip.The orthopedic surgeons in the Joint Replacement Program at Tufts Medical Center offer the full range of options for surgical treatment options for hips. The most common hip surgery our team preforms is total hip replacement, which can be done traditionally or via the Mako robotic-arm assisted technology.

The normal hip joint is made up of two main parts: a ball (the femoral head) at the top of your thigh bone (femur) and a round socket called the acetabulum in your pelvis. Hip replacement surgery helps this ball and socket joint to move more smoothly, reducing pain or other symptoms you may have. 

Total hip replacement with Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology
The Mako robotic-arm assisted technology provides our orthopedic surgeons with a patient-specific 3-D model to pre-plan your hip replacement. During surgery, your surgeon will guide the Stryker robotic-arm based on your patient-specific plan. The use of the robotic-assisted arm technology helps the surgeon to focus on removal of diseased bone, preserve healthy bone and positions the total hip implant based on your anatomy. Learn more about total hip replacement with Mako >

Total hip replacement
The traditional hip replacement operation consists of replacing the upper end of the thigh bone with a metal ball and resurfacing the hip socket in the pelvis with a metal shell or plastic liner allowing for smooth movement of the joint. The artificial joint may be cemented in position or may be attached using special coatings that encourage bone growth.

Revision hip replacement
Our surgical team is well-known in the Boston area for their expertise in performing hip replacement revisions and hip replacements for patients with complex medical histories. Hip replacement revision surgery is recommended for artificial hip joints that have been damaged over time due to an infection, or due to normal wear and tear of the prosthetic hip. Revision surgery helps to correct these issues so that the hip can function normally again.

Anterior hip replacement
Our orthopedic surgeons specialize in the anterior approach for hip replacement surgery, which allows them to work between muscles on the anterior side of the hip, rather than cutting through muscle fibers. The advantages are the patient experiences a less invasive procedure, a smaller incision and a faster recovery.

Arthroscopic procedures
Arthroscopic procedures are minimally invasive surgeries, which can preserve more natural bone and tissue and requires smaller incisions. 


Call us:
617-636-5160
For Mako procedures:
617-636-8888


A photograph of the Mako robot, which is used for joint replacement surgery at Tufts MC.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Techonology

Tufts MC is one of a small group of centers in New England to offer the Mako system for joint replacement surgery.

Learn what this means for you