Total Hip Replacement
Indications (why we do the procedure)
Total hip replacement is performed for pain relief. It is a surgical technique used when non-operative treatments including physiotherapy, analgaesia (pain killers) and lifestyle modifications no longer control your pain.
There are different types of prosthesis (the type of implants used) and bearing surfaces (the ball and socket placed on the prosthesis) and the choice of these depends on many things including your activity levels, age and bone quality.
As a group of consultants, we use only ‘tried and tested’ implants. We are strong believers in evidence based medicine and use implants with a long heritage (they have been in use for many years and have good evidence that they work well).
We offer cemented, uncemented and hybrid implants with a choice of bearing surfaces including metal on polyethylene, ceramic on polyethylene and ceramic on ceramic.
Hospital Admission and Surgery
You will generally be admitted on the day of surgery. Your surgery will be performed through a short incision on the side of the thigh, covered with a dressing after the operation. You will receive physiotherapy shortly after your operation to improve your mobility prior to discharge. The anesthetist, the nursing staff and your surgeon will optimise pain relief to make this post-operative period as comfortable as possible and allow early and safe mobilisation. We would expect you to be able to go home on crutches 4 days after your operation.
We will generally see you 3 months after your operation in a specialist nurse led clinic. This appointment will be made for you by the ward staff, prior to your discharge. If you have any problems after the operation you can contact our team at any time, either the joint care nurses, the ward or your surgeon’s secretary.