Hip replacement surgeries and procedures
Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective way to relieve painful hip conditions, improve mobility and restore normal function. Each patient is considered on an individual basis and our orthopaedic hip specialists are on hand to advise on the most appropriate treatment.
This surgery replaces the damaged parts of your hip with artificial materials to relieve pain and improve function and mobility.
The old parts of your hip replacement that are no longer working are removed and replaced with new ones.
Bilateral hip replacement removes damaged parts of the hip on both sides of the body. It can be performed as one procedure, or as separate operations.
Partial hip replacement surgery removes and replaces only the ball of the hip joint. The hip socket is left unaffected.
Hip Replacement - Patient Journey
Hip replacement surgery is a highly successful medical procedure that is very safe and effective. It is performed on thousands of patients every year and can help to relieve pain, restore joint function and significantly improve your overall quality of life. We understand that undergoing a surgical procedure can feel overwhelming, which is why we have multi-disciplinary teams on hand to support you every step of the way. We are dedicated to providing you with a safe and comfortable environment at every stage of your experience.
Deciding where to have your hip replacement surgery is one of the most important decisions you will make, and you should take some time to research your options carefully. Ask your doctor for some recommendations and find out any relevant information such as how many similar surgeries have been performed previously. Once you are happy with your decision, you can book a consultation appointment with your chosen specialist.
At this appointment your specialist will conduct a thorough examination and discuss the different types of hip replacement surgery available to you. You can use your consultation to ask any questions you may have about your condition, including how the surgery will be performed and what you can expect to happen. Once your doctor has advised on a course of treatment, you can begin to prepare for your hospital admission and surgery.
Your doctor will talk to you about what you need to do to prepare for hip replacement surgery. This may involve taking prescribed medications in advance of your procedure, completing regular strength exercises and preparing your house for your return. As you will not be able to drive for 4 weeks after surgery, it is helpful to think about making personal arrangements in advance that will help your recovery when you return home from hospital. A well-planned departure is the best way to ensure a faster recovery with a quicker return to independent living. When you arrive at hospital, our team will make sure you are comfortable, and your specialist will visit you to answer any final questions.
On the day of your operation, it is important to follow your surgeon’s fasting advice to prevent any delays to your surgery. Once at hospital, your anaesthetist will talk to you about the type of anaesthetic to be used and the procedure involved. The operation itself normally takes around 2-3 hours depending on the extent of the surgery. Once it is complete, you will transfer to the recovery ward.
Soon after surgery you will be encouraged to start moving your hips and walking around with help from our nursing team. Physiotherapists will be on hand to teach you exercises that will aid the recovery process. Most patients spend 3-4 days in hospital before heading either back home, or onwards to rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation is a vital part of your recovery. It will help you quickly regain confidence and independence as well as avoid injury. The first stage is about comfortably taking those first steps with your new hip, learning what to avoid and how best to aid your recovery. The second stage focuses on building your strength back up. You will be prescribed a specific set of exercises as part of your rehabilitation programme which are designed to strengthen your muscles, improve your balance and increase your range of motion. The final stage of recovery is about restoring full function which includes more strenuous tasks and activities. Our rehabilitation team includes physicians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists that will guide you each step of the way as you regain your strength.
Ask about any inpatient or outpatient, individual and group rehabilitation sessions that you can access through your hospital.
Hip Replacement FAQs
If you are suffering from significant pain which prevents you completing your everyday tasks, this is a sign that you are likely to benefit from a hip replacement. Although it is a procedure traditionally associated with older patients, it can be the appropriate course of action for anyone who is suffering from:
• Recurring hip and knee pain, especially when walking or during exercise
• Difficulty getting up or down stairs
• Disturbed sleep caused by pain from hip movement
• Limited relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, or other therapies
Contact us today for a specialist consultation and learn more about how you could benefit from hip replacement surgery.
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