Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which a hip joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. This may be recommended due to arthritis or a hip fracture. Both standard and minimally invasive procedures are available. After a brief hospital stay, physical therapy can help you learn to use your new joint. This therapy may continue for weeks or months. Total recovery time may take up to a year, and your doctor will explain what activities will help or hinder your recovery. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about hip replacement surgery, how it is performed, what to expect during recovery, and much more.