Hip replacement is surgery that removes a worn out, damaged or diseased hip joint that is causing hip pain and disability and, replaces it with a new artificial one to relieve these symptoms.
What is a hip replacement?
Your hip joint is a ball and socket joint that allows a wide range of movement. Hip replacement surgery replaces a hip joint that is causing hip pain, stiffness and mobility issues, with a prosthetic one.
When having a hip replacement, you will be given a general, epidural or spinal anaesthetic. This commonly performed procedure takes up to 90 minutes.
It involves your hip surgeon making a small cut on the side of your hip so that they can replace your hip joint with an implant made of metal, plastic, ceramic or a combination of these materials. Often a metal ball and a plastic socket are used as a preferred combination.
Your new joint can be held in place by: an acrylic cement (cemented), roughening the surfaces of your prosthesis to encourage your bone to grow onto it and keep it in place (uncemented) or, a combination of these.
During your consultation your hip surgeon will have an in-depth discussion with you about what is involved in a hip replacement and the options for surgery.
What are the benefits of a hip replacement?
The main benefit of a hip replacement is to be able to walk and move around again without chronic and excruciating pain.
After recovering from a hip replacement, many people resume their activities, sports and hobbies they enjoyed before hip pain prevented them doing so, such as cycling, hiking and, swimming.
As well as improving the quality of your life, a hip replacement may reduce the risk of other chronic health conditions such as heart problems and depression.
Who may need a hip replacement?
A hip replacement is usually recommended if severe pain and lack of mobility are affecting your daily life.
Hip replacement is most commonly recommended for severe osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is also called wear and tear arthritis as it causes the protective cartilage in your hip joint to wear away resulting in hip pain, swelling, inflammation and joint movement problems.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory condition where your immune system mistakenly attacks your hip joint and the surrounding tissue, a hip replacement may be advised.
You may also need a hip replacement if: you have a fall or an accident and you break or fracture your hip joint, your hip joint has become severely damaged from ankylosing spondylitis or, you have hip dysplasia and your hip hasn’t developed properly.
How long does a hip replacement last?
Hip replacements are made to be long-lasting but they do not last forever.
On average replacement hips are made to last 15 to 20 years. They may last longer, up to 30 years, but they may also wear sooner. Your hip replacement lifespan will depend on a number of things including your weight and your level of activity. The replacement joint in overweight and active people may wear out more quickly.
Younger patients in their fifties or younger who have a hip replacement can expect to need another hip replacement during their life. Uncemented hip replacements are popular with young and active patients as they tend to be long lasting.
How soon will I recover after a hip replacement?
Typically, you will stay in hospital for four to seven days following your hip replacement. You will be expected to be able to walk confidently and get up and down stairs using a walking stick or crutch, when you go home.
At Clifton Park Hospital an experienced Physiotherapist will give you some exercises to do that will help with your movement and strengthen your hip. You may have more physiotherapy appointments organised when you leave hospital. It’s important to follow their advice including do’s and don’ts for a speedy recovery.
A follow up appointment with your hip surgeon will monitor your recovery.
All patients recover differently but you can expect to be able to drive again and return to work after around six weeks. You should be able to walk and swim at six weeks but other sports such as cycling and golf may be difficult until 12 weeks. You should follow your surgeon’s advice regarding the activities you can resume and when.
What is the cost of hip replacement?
A hip replacement at Clifton Park Hospital will cost £11,400 for a cemented, ceramic or uncemented operation.
This guide package price includes: physiotherapy sessions and outpatient care for up to 60 days post discharge plus one follow-up consultation with your surgeon. It excludes pre-operation diagnostic tests such as an X-ray. We have finance options available to help you spread the cost of your treatment so you don’t have to wait.
If you have medical insurance, your hip replacement may be covered by your policy. You should obtain written confirmation from your insurance provider before commencing treatment.
Hip Replacement with Clifton Park Hospital
Clifton Park Hospital is a Centre of Excellence for Orthopaedics. We specialise in all aspects of orthopaedic care and surgery, so you can rest-assured you will receive excellent care and support throughout your hip replacement journey from your initial consultation through to your aftercare.
We work in partnership with highly qualified, experienced and compassionate hip surgeons, pain management consultants, orthopaedic nursing staff, consultant radiologists and chartered physiotherapists.
So, whether it’s managing your pain, physiotherapy or hip surgery you need, we can offer you convenient and rapid appointments and full on-site care to avoid any delays in your treatment and help you return quickly to the activities you love.
Our modern purpose-built hospital offers first class facilities for your hip replacement surgery and is conveniently located just outside York.
Contact us to book an appointment.