What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

An artificial hip. The hip joint consists of a ball and socket formed of bone and cartilage. The diseased bone is removed and a new ball and socket, usually made out of metal and plastic is inserted surgically. The new hip, while mechanical, works in a manner very close to a normal hip joint.
Artificial device. The hip is a ball and socket joint. The damaged ball is removed, the damaged socket is contoured, and then an artificial metal and plastic ball and socket prosthesis are implanted inside the hip joint.

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17yr old, osteoarthritis and osteonercrosis, no cartilage, lots of pain, trying to put off a hip replacement anything I can do in the mean time?

Physical therapy. One goal is to strengthen the muscles around the joint including hip flexors and extensors. Physical therapy on land and possibly in water can help. The other goal is pain reduction for which a hyaluronic injection may be considered. Work with your Orthopedist to arrange and explore treatment options. However, surgeries have come a long way and would allow you to enjoy more activities without pain.

My 92 year old mother fell and broke her hip. I am hopeful for recovery. Does that mean hip replacement? This just happened.

Possibly, But that would depend on the type of fracture and her pre-injury mobility. This is a question for the orthopedic surgeon to answer for you.
Not always. Depending on where the break is, a surgeon maybe able to do an open reduction with internal fixation- plates and screws- to repair the fracture. This usually means less time in the or with less anesthesia. The faster she goes to the or and the less time in hospital she spends, the less likely she will have complications like confusion, bed sores and functional decline.
Hip fracture. It depends where the fracture occurred. If it occurred at the femoral neck and is displaced then a partial or total hip replacement may be recommended. Whether a partial or total hip is performed usually depends on patient's age, activity level, and amount of preexisting arthritis. Fractures in the intertrochanteric region are usually fixed with nails and screws or screws and plates.

Diagnoses of failed right hip replacement arthroplasty due to stress reaction in femur mean? What could cause stress reaction, does that mean surgery

Possible. Stress reaction is from the different stiffness in the prosthesis and your bone with possible prosthesis pushing into you bone. Talk to your hip surgeon or get a second opinion.

I'm 38, I have been told I should have a hip replacement, is this too young or should I wait?

No. Thirty eight years old is young, but not too young, to consider a hip replacement. If you have exhausted all other options, includinig intra-articular steroid injection & anti-inflammatory medication, and you are at your ideal body weight, you would be a reasonable candidate for either hip replacement or the more controversial hip resurfacing (not recommended in women of child bearing age).

When is it absolutely necessary for someone to have a hip replacement? I am trying to hold off as long as possible

Hip replacement. When the pain becomes severe enough to interfere with your normal daily activities then you should consider a repalcement.
Completely up to you. A hip replacement is necessary only when the pain or lack of motion gets to the point that you aren't able to make the necessary accommodations to live with it. However, another thing to consider is your current overall health and activity level. Avoiding surgery now may be preventing you from being more active. Ultimately, you are the best judge of when you are ready.

Is it dangerouse to have a hip replacement if you have staph

Yes. All infections should be treated before considering hip replacement.
Yes. Do not have joint replacement with any active infections anywhere in or on your body. The infections must be completely resolved and fully treated before proceeding with surgery. If you simply have a history of infection, then if things have been treated and cleared for a while, then you should be fine to proceed.

How long would it take to have a hip replacement operation?

A couple of hours. An uncomplicated primary (first one) hip replacement takes about 2 hours including the anesthesia, surgery, and dressing application. Three nights in the hospital is the medicare hospital stay. This number varies somewhat, but shorter surgical times don't always mean better. Be sure to pick a surgeon that does total hip replacement routinely.