A recent analysis found that delaying hip replacement was not a cost effective way to address the treatment of severe hip arthritis.
Hip arthritis may require you to have a hip replacement surgery, but often patients and doctors worry about doing this too soon. The common thinking is that simple treatments should be exhausted, and patients should be older before hip replacement.
While this study is not the definitive answer, it does suggest that delaying surgery may not be necessary. First, it may not save on cost. Second, because of improvements in hip materials, the likelihood of needing revision hip replacement is very small.