What Type of Hip Replacement Implant Is Best?

There are many orthopedic manufacturing companies that produce different implants used in hip replacement surgery. Most of these companies make several different hip replacement prostheses. Is there a way to determine which hip replacement implant is best?

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Hip Replacement Surgery

When a hip replacement surgery is performed, a damaged, worn-out hip joint is replaced with an artificial implant. The materials used in the artificial implant may vary, but they often include metal, plastic, or ceramic.

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. When performing a hip replacement, the surgeon removes the ball, reshapes the socket, and then positions the artificial implant in the bone. The artificial implant is then positioned in the bone. The implant may be held in the bone by tightly wedging it in place, or it may be cemented into position. The type of fixation used will depend on the patient's bone health and the design of the implant.

Hip Implants

Asking orthopedic surgeons what hip replacement is best is like going to a car show and asking people which car is best. You'll find lots of different answers, and each person thinks they've got the right one. That is not to say that any one individual is right or wrong, but there are many factors, and sometimes different factors, that surgeons may consider when evaluating which type of implant they prefer to use.

One of the most important aspects of hip replacement surgery is determining the proper implant to be used in the operation. However, the criteria used to select the best hip replacement implant also vary:

  • Do you use the implant with the newest design, or the implant with the longest track record?
  • Does a surgeon use many different implants depending on each patient's needs, or become an expert in using one type for the specific patients whom it suits?
  • Should a surgeon use implants suggested or asked for by their patients?

Orthopedic supply companies have begun to advertise directly to consumers. Advertisements are seen in magazines and newspapers, on late-night television, and in brochures at your healthcare provider's office. The advertisements might make you think one implant has been shown to be better than others.

However, the truth is there is no single "best" joint replacement, because all artificial implants are put through rigorous testing to ensure they meet quality standards. The goal of a hip replacement is to alleviate pain and restore function for as long as possible. One caution to be aware of is that it often takes decades for newly designed implants to prove their longevity.

Implant Brand vs. Surgeon's Expertise

Another factor that is important for patients to understand is that the brand of hip replacement is likely not the most important factor in determining how long the implant is going to last. One of the most important aspects of ensuring an artificial joint will last as long as possible is a precise, accurate surgery. Having a properly aligned joint replacement is critical to the long-term functioning of the implant.

A good analogy is to think of the tires on your car. It does not matter what brand of tires you put on the car—if the wheels are not properly aligned, they're not going to last.

Finding a surgeon who has good experience with joint replacement surgery and has a good track record of results is important. It may seem difficult to identify a surgeon with the right level of experience, but there are questions you can ask and people whose opinions you can query to help find the right surgeon.


Patients and surgeons should select an implant that fits the following criteria:

  • The implant has a reasonable track record of use (minimum of 5 to 10 years)
  • The surgeon has used the implant before
  • It is appropriate for the patient's condition

A Word From Verywell

If you have questions about a specific implant, ask your healthcare provider or surgeon about it, and ask them to compare it to the implant he or she usually uses. If you want more information about an implant, you can read more at company websites. In addition, it is reasonable to ask your surgeon if they receive any financial compensation from an implant company. There is a potential conflict of interest when surgeons use implants made by companies from which they receive financial compensation. In these situations, your surgeon should disclose that potential conflict of interest and explain why, specifically, they recommend one implant over another for your condition.

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  1. National Institutes of Health. Hip Replacement.

By Jonathan Cluett, MD
Jonathan Cluett, MD, is board-certified in orthopedic surgery. He served as assistant team physician to Chivas USA (Major League Soccer) and the United States men's and women's national soccer teams.