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Hip Pain and Hip Replacement Surgery

Today, thanks to improvements in surgical techniques, artificial joint materials, and anesthesia, total hip replacement surgery has become safer and more effective. In fact, things have improved so much, that it isn’t uncommon for surgeons to operate on patients well into their 90s and older.

Why Ochsner?

Ochsner is a leader in the field of orthopedic surgery. Ochsner received Five Stars from Healthgrades for Total Hip Replacement and was the recipient of the Excellence Award for Joint Replacement for 2017. Our program was rated High Performing for Hip Replacement and Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report 2016-2017. Ochsner was ranked in the Top 10% in the Nation for Medical Excellence in Joint Replacement by CareChex.

When it comes to surgery, training and experience matters. Our four fellowship-trained surgeons come from the top programs in the country. They have the education, training and, just as importantly, the experience you’re looking for. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you are being cared for by a dedicated orthopedic team that includes orthopedists, anesthesiologists, advanced practice providers, physical and occupational therapists and social workers.


  • Our program is nationally-recognized as High Performing for Knee Replacement and Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report in 2017-2018.
  • Ochsner received the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2018. We also were recognized as one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ and received five stars for total knee replacement, total hip replacement and hip fracture treatment in 2018.


Conditions that may lead to a hip replacement:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis)
  • Osteonecrosis (the death of bone caused by insufficient blood supply)
  • Congenital dislocation of the hip
  • Malalignment of the leg
  • An injury, fracture, or bone tumor that has caused the breakdown of the hip joint

Cutting-Edge Equipment

The top team. The top tools.

Cutting-edge equipment leads to cutting-edge care. Ochsner is one of the first hospitals in Southeast Louisiana to perform joint replacement surgery with the Mako Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. Currently used for total hip and partial and total knee replacement, the Mako robotic arm allows the surgery to plan where to place the prosthesis prior to surgery. Once placed, the robotic arm then allows the surgeon to place the actual prosthesis in the correct position within about 99% accuracy. 

Total Hip Replacement Surgery: When Is It Right For Me?

Americans are living longer and are more active than ever before. Unfortunately, the longer we live, the greater our risk for arthritis and injuries to our joints. If you have hip pain that is keeping you from doing simple things like climbing stairs, walking the dog or grocery shopping – if it’s preventing you from living your life, and medication and more conservative treatments just aren’t cutting it – you might be a candidate for hip replacement surgery.

Our team will take the time to listen to your concerns and will help you choose from a variety of treatment options. If initial treatment methods do not provide relief, and our diagnostic tools show destruction of the joint, your orthopedist may recommend total hip replacement. The good news is hip replacements today can last twenty to thirty years and they are a lot less painful.

At Ochsner, we offer all surgical approaches for total hip replacements including anterior (from the front), posterior (from the back), and lateral (from the side). Treatment options also include minimally invasive hip resurfacing, a bone-sparing procedure used for very active patients with arthritis of the hip.

A Word on Anesthesia

In the old days, it would’ve been unheard of to have a patient who just had a hip replacement up and walking within the first 24 hours, but thanks to improvements in anesthesia, it happens here all the time.

The majority of our hip replacement patients are given an epidural, “conscious sedation,” similar to what women are given when they have a baby. Patients don’t feel the pain but are able to move sooner which makes healing easier and less painful down the road.

Joint Boot Camp

Prior to your total joint replacement, you will attend a Total Joint Replacement Class. This class is a 2-hour seminar taught by a Physical Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a Nurse and a Social Worker to instruct patients and their families on the expectations for Total Joint Replacement. This is designed to introduce you to all the people who will be active in your care.

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Referring Physicians

Patient referrals, transfers and consults are critically important. 

We make it easy for you.  To obtain copies of patient records, schedule clinic appointments, and to share your preference for receiving post visit follow-up from your patient's appointment, call the Clinic Concierge, our dedicated physician referral line, at 504-842-7436 or 1-855-312-4190.