Is titanium the best material for a hip replacement?

Yes. Studies of hip replacements over the last 30 years have shown that titanium is one of the best materials to use for patients.
No. Bone loves titanium, but its wrong to think that any one metal is "best". Titanium is a soft metal and bone can grow into titanium cementless-type porous ingrowth implants very effectivley making fixation secure. Being soft makes it a poor bearing surface for metal-on-metal implants which use harder cobalt chrome alloys. Different metals have different properties, but no one metal is "best".

Related Questions

Father had titanium hip replacement last year, now may require imaging of shoulder bone, which has lump on it. Would MRI be allowed given titanium hip?

MRI COMPATIBLE. Titanium implants are MRI compatible. People with nontitanium implants should inform the radiologist or technician prior to the procedure; however, most joint implants are firmly attached inside bone and will not pose a serious problem. People with internal metallic surgical staples from healed surgeries should also inform the radiologist or technician prior to the procedure. Read more...

Where is the best place to get a hip replacement redone?

THA revision. Speak with your operative hip surgeon and take their recommendation to have revision done by someone well-versed in revision work--it may or may not be the primary surgeon, depending upon surgeon experience in this, as well as operating room specialty equipment and instruments available. Read more...
By your surgeon. It is critical to choose a surgeon to do your hip replacement who does a high volume of that type of surgery. That surgeon is best suited to redo it. Fortunately, most hip replacements will outlast the average orthopedists practice. If this is your situation, then choose a surgeon whose practice focuses on hip replacement, including revision surgery. Read more...

What is the best technology for a Hip Replacement today? How long will it last before it needs to be replaced? Have there been recent advances in tech

Somewhat variable. I hope its not you who needs the hip replacement due to your young age In general, a successful hip replacement can certainly last 15-20 years Some of the technical and minor changes to the joint surfaces may extend the lifespan of the procedure but it takes many years to see how long these will last In general, less weight and a less active lifestyle will allow a longer duration. Read more...

How can I best take care of a 90 year old woman that needs a hip replacement?

Depends?? Treatment for hip arthritis is limited. If pain can be controlled with nsaids and the patient can tolerate them that is an option. If her pain is disabling and her health is good hip replacement may be a good option. As our population continues to age and life expectancy increases it is becoming more common to do hip surgery in the elderly. Read more...
Hip replacement. Thr age dosent matter health does some 90year olds are healthier than me. Read more...

What are the best options for types of hip replacement. Metal on metal, metalon plastic, porcelan cap, etc. Which one last the longest. I?

Many options. There are many choices when it comes to the materials used for hip replacement surgery. The most thorough study of implants materials to date comes from the Australian Joint Replacement Registry- an extremely large collection of data from thousands of surgeries. The best material at this time seems to be Oxidized Zirconium (known as Oxinium) with highly cross-linked polyethylene. Read more...

What is the best implant for hip replacement?

No best. There is no established best implant. There are many implants from a variety of different companies that have shown 95% excellent results lasting for 30 years or more. The question is what implant has your surgeon had the most success with? First, feel comfortable with your surgeon. Then inquire into the implants he uses, and just make sure he isn't using something for the first time on you. Read more...
Many good implants. With few exceptions, all currently available hip replacement implants have excellent track records. Many factors influence the longevity of the implant. You should seek the advice of a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who has extensive experience with hip replacements either through fellowship training or years of successful practice. Read more...

How should I find the best orthopaedic surgeons (hip replacement) in a particular region?

Ask around. Depends on what you mean by best when you do pick one out go in for a "test drive" with the doc and see how you get along this will tell you a lot. Read more...