Hip-replacement surgery can be a solution for patients of any age. Page ContentI’m only 48 but already have pain and stiffness in my hip from osteoarthritis. Is hip-replacement surgery a good option at my age?“Definitely. Age should not prevent someone with advanced osteoarthritis from considering hip replacement,” says Glenn Landon, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and chief of Orthopedics at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. “Hip replacement can be a positive, life-enhancing procedure that provides even young patients with many years of pain-free use.”What is hip-replacement surgery?“Hip-replacement surgery is where the hip joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint,” Dr. Landon explains. “What’s especially important is choosing the right surgeon.”Choose a skilled surgeon.“A surgeon’s skill is your most important consideration. Find an experienced surgeon and healthcare team you trust,” advises Dr. Landon, whose surgical procedures strive to lessen muscle damage, help promote healing and reduce the risk of post-operative complications.Ask questions about the implant.Dr. Landon says that over the years, some types of hip replacements have proven to be more durable than others. “The patient should discuss the choice of implant with the surgeon,” he says.Dr. Landon suggests asking:What about durability? (Younger patients expect to be active for many years.)Does the implant have a proven track record? (New doesn’t always mean better.)Is it free from corrosion? (Some metals can corrode and produce adverse reactions.)Does the implant minimize the risk of dislocation?“Have a discussion with your surgeon and decide on the procedure and implant that’s best for you,” advises Dr. Landon.