Hip replacement surgery is a surgical procedure to replace a worn, damaged or diseased hip joint with an artificial one to relieve hip pain and disability.
What is a hip replacement?
A hip replacement involves removing your damaged ball and socket hip joint and replacing it with a new prosthetic one.
The procedure may be performed under general, epidural or spinal anaesthetic and takes up to 90 minutes.
Your hip surgeon will make a small cut on the side of your hip to remove the damaged ball and socket and replace it with an artificial hip joint which can be made of metal, plastic, ceramic or a combination of these materials. A metal ball with a plastic socket is the most widely used combination.
Your artificial joint components may be held in place by: an acrylic cement, an uncemented technique whereby the surfaces of the prosthesis are treated and roughened to encourage your bone to grow onto it and keep it in place or, a hybrid of these.
Your hip surgeon will discuss the procedure and your options in detail with you.
What conditions may lead to needing a hip replacement?
Problems with your hip joint that may lead to needing a hip replacement include:
• Osteoarthritis – a type of arthritis, also known as wear and tear arthritis, that causes the cartilage inside your hip joint to wear away and expose the bone underneath which then rub together and results in pain and stiffness.
• Rheumatoid arthritis – an inflammatory disease which develops when your immune system mistakenly attacks your hip joint and the surrounding tissue.
• Hip fracture – a break or crack in your hip joint due to an accident or fall.
• Hip dysplasia – when your hip joint doesn’t develop properly.
Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss the best options of treatment and may recommend a hip replacement if you have severe pain and a lack of mobility that is affecting your daily life.
The benefits of a new hip joint may include: a reduction in pain, improved mobility and a better quality of life.
How long does a hip replacement last?
Hip replacements are made with special materials intended to last a long time but they do not last forever.
Replacement hips are designed to last for at least 15 years. Often a hip replacement will last 20 to 30 years. For others, an artificial hip may wear and need replacing sooner.
Many factors contribute to the lifespan of an artificial hip including a patient’s weight. An overweight person is more likely to need a hip revision in the future.
Younger patients require a hip replacement to last longer and, they tend to be more active. Patients in their fifties or younger who have a hip replacement can usually expect to need a revision hip replacement during their lifetime. Uncemented hip replacements are long lasting and gaining in popularity, especially with younger and more active patients.
How soon will I recover after a hip replacement?
You will need to stay in hospital until you are walking confidently and you are able to go up and down stairs with the help of a walking stick or crutch. This is usually four to seven days after the operation.
Your Physiotherapist will give you some exercises to do to help speed up your recovery by building on the movement and strength in your hip, so it’s important to follow their advice. You may continue to have regular appointments with your Physiotherapist once you’ve left hospital to help continue your recovery work.
You will have a follow up appointment with your hip surgeon to monitor your recovery.
Generally, during the first six weeks after hip replacement surgery your body will be recovering from the operation and, the following six weeks are focussed on resuming your normal activities. All patients are different and recovery times vary from individual to individual.
Most patients recover well, enjoy less pain and are able to move about better. However, you may be unable to take part in high-impact sports or those with a risk of falling. Your hip surgeon will discuss with you the activities you can resume.
Hip Replacement with Ramsay Health Care
You will receive excellent care and support for your hip replacement at Tees Valley Hospital, Teesside’s newest private hospital with state of the art facilities.
Ramsay Health Care is proud to work in partnership with highly qualified and experienced consultant orthopaedic hip surgeons, pain management consultants, orthopaedic nursing staff, consultant radiologists and chartered physiotherapists.
Ramsay hospitals provide easy access to convenient appointments and hip replacements to allow you to recover quickly and get back to a better quality of life without pain and mobility issues.
Your treatment may be covered by medical insurance and we have self-pay packages. Our Premium Care Service offers you: a choice of consultant, appointments in as little as 72 hours, tailored individual physiotherapy sessions, ensuite rooms in a relaxing environment and, superb food.
Our compassionate and skilled staff are available to answer any questions you may have throughout your hip replacement journey with us.
Contact us to book an appointment.