Hip Replacement Specialist

Tim Kavanaugh, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

Hip replacement surgery can help restore your mobility and quality of life. At Tim Kavanaugh, MD, with locations in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Kavanaugh, and his team perform all types of hip replacement surgery using the latest technology by Arthrex®, Zimmer Biomet, and LimaCorporate Orthopaedic. To find out if you’re a candidate for hip replacement surgery, call Tim Kavanaugh, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.

Hip Replacement Q&A

What is hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased bone, cartilage, and tissue from your hip and restores its function with an artificial joint. As a ball-and-socket joint, your hip provides stability and mobility for your upper and lower body. Damage to your joint, or the structures that support it, can lead to chronic pain, stiffness, and poor mobility.

Replacing your hip joint with an artificial alternative can help restore your strength and mobility, while relieving your chronic pain.

Who needs hip replacement surgery?

If you’ve already tried conservative treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and activity modification, with little relief from pain, hip replacement surgery may be right for you. Common signs of hip dysfunction include:

  • Hip and groin pain
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Limping
  • Knee pain

Anybody can develop chronic hip pain, but the most common causes include:

Traumatic injury

A direct blow to your hip joint from an accident or injury can permanently damage your hip and its supporting structures.


A traumatic injury or dislocation can restrict blood flow to the femoral head at the top of your thigh bone. Over time, this lack of blood supply can cause part of the bone to collapse, raising your risk of hip arthritis.


Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory disorder that causes swelling of the affected joints. The condition develops when the flexible cartilage surrounding your joint breaks down. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes widespread joint inflammation. Eventually, this chronic inflammation can lead to stiffness and joint pain.

Are there different types of hip replacement surgery?

Dr. Kavanaugh and his team perform several different types of hip replacement surgery, including:

Anterior hip replacement

The anterior approach allows Dr. Kavanaugh to access your hip from the front of your body. Compared to lateral and posterior replacement, the anterior approach typically results in less muscle damage, blood loss, and shorter recovery times.

Lateral hip replacement

Less common than the anterior approach, a lateral hip replacement involves accessing your hip through your side.

Posterior hip replacement

Posterior hip replacement involves accessing your hip through your back. While this approach is more likely to result in muscle damage, Dr. Kavanaugh has a clearer view of your hip than the anterior and lateral options.

To learn more about hip replacement surgery, call the Tim Kavanaugh, MD, office nearest you or use the online booking tool today.