Why choose Clifton Park Hospital for hip replacement surgery?
Clifton Park Hospital, just outside the centre of York is a Centre of Excellence for Orthopaedics and undertake a wide range of hip surgeries.
Our team of experienced orthopaedic consultants can advise you on what treatment is best for you and support you throughout you road to recovery
The hospital has state-of-the-art facilities; including 24 private rooms, enhanced care, a large out patients department with x-ray facilities and physiotherapy.
The hip joint is one of the largest and most important joints in the body. Your hip is a ball and socket joint that acts as a support for your upper body and assists in certain movements, which means it is also one of the most flexible joints in the body.
The hip joint contains a type of tissue to reduce friction and support the joint; this is known as cartilage that can be worn away by arthritis which can very painful and uncomfortable.
Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip joints can often become worn and ‘tired’, especially as we age, the pain of a worn out hip joint may treated with painkillers, however symptoms may be too severe and therefore a hip replacement is often recommended.
A hip replacement can relieve pain and improve quality of life, whatever you hip problem may be. Hip pain can be down to many reasons, for example arthritis (rheumatoid or osteoarthritis), a fracture or any other direct injury.
Your surgeon will replace your hip joint with either a metal, ceramic or plastic hip joint.
Revision Total Hip Replacement
Should your existing hip replacement/artificial hip joint have any problems (e.g. dislocation, fracture or infection) then you may require a revision total hip replacement.
The procedure involves replacing your existing artificial hip joint with another. A hip replacement should normally last between 10 and 20 years.
Hip Arthroscopy Treatment
There are many non-surgical methods available to treat your hip problem – you might take painkillers or have physiotherapy – however you may not necessarily respond to these treatments meaning you may need a hip arthroscopy.
This is a minimally invasive surgery that involves inserting an arthroscope (small camera) into a small incision allowing the surgeon to view and examine the hip joint. This should allow the surgeon to inspect and diagnose the problem and, depending on the diagnosis, treat the problem.
Hip Block Injection
Not all hip problems will need to be treated with a hip replacement. Your hip may only be causing you minor pain and discomfort, for example, if you are in the first stages of osteoarthritis therefore not requiring any major surgery.
An alternative would be to have a hip block which is an injection containing a mixture local anaesthetic and a synthetic steroid. This injection is done under x-ray control and is used to ease the pain and in some cases, identify the source of pain before other stages of surgery.