What is a hip replacement?

Our hip joint is made up of two parts: the hip socket, or acetabulum, a cup-shaped bone in the pelvis, and the “ball”, which is the head of the thigh bone (femur). Over time, your hip joint can become damaged due to wear and tear as we get older, arthritic conditions or injury. If so, you may be referred for a total hip replacement, a surgical procedure to replace the joint.

During the operation, the two parts of your hip joint are removed and replaced with smooth artificial surfaces. These artificial pieces (the prosthesis) are implanted into healthy portions of the pelvis and thigh bone.

Are there any alternatives to a total hip replacement?

There are some alternatives to help manage pain and discomfort associated with arthritis or injury:

  • Standard painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen can help control the pain.
  • Supplements to your diet may also help relieve your symptoms (you should always check with your doctor before you take supplements).
  • Using a walking stick can make walking easier, as can a small shoe-raise.
  • Regular moderate exercise can help to reduce stiffness. Physiotherapy may help to strengthen your muscles.
  • A steroid injection into your hip joint can sometimes reduce pain and stiffness.

However, many people will find these measures become less effective if your arthritis gets worse and, depending on the severity of your condition, surgery may be the best option.

Benefits of hip replacement surgery

90% of patients experience a large reduction in hip pain following a total hip replacement, which usually allows them to return to their normal daily activities. You may or may not be able to return to active sports or heavy labour. You should follow the advice of your consultant on the levels of activity you can return to or undertake.

What does the operation involve?

Your surgeon will make an incision on the side of your hip to remove the damaged ball and socket. They will insert an artificial joint made of metal, plastic, ceramic, or a combination of these materials. This is fixed onto the bone using acrylic cement or special coatings that bond directly to the bone.

The hip replacement operation usually takes an hour to 90 minutes. Your anaesthetist will advise you on the various anaesthetic techniques which are available.

Hip replacement at The Horder Centre

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Andrew Skyrme talks about choosing The Horder Centre for hip replacement surgery.

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What complications can happen?

Complications of anaesthesia

Your anaesthetist will be able to discuss with you the possible complications of having an anaesthetic.

General complications of hip replacement surgery

• Pain
• Bleeding
• Infection of the surgical site (wound)
• Unsightly scarring
• Blood clots
• Difficulty passing urine
• Chest infection
• Heart attack
• Stroke

Specific complications of hip replacement surgery

• Split in the femur
• Damage to nerves
• Damage to blood vessels
• Infection in your hip
• Loosening
• Bone forming in muscles around your hip replacement
• Dislocation
• Leg length difference

 

Enhanced recovery programme

Having an operation can often be both physically and emotionally stressful. Sometimes referred to as rapid or accelerated recovery, enhanced recovery is a new, evidence-based approach that helps people recover from major surgery faster and get you back to full health as quickly as possible.

Our Enhanced Recovery Programme aims to ensure that patients:
• Are as healthy as possible before receiving treatment.
• Receive the best possible care during their operation.
• Receive the best possible care while recovering.

Research has shown the earlier a person gets out of bed and starts walking, eating and drinking after having an operation, the shorter their recovery time will be. 

A Patient’s Guide to: Total Hip Replacement

This guide book has been written and designed by the clinical team in partnership with patients to provide you and your family with all the necessary information about having a hip replacement and what to expect before, during and after your operation.

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Guide price for self pay patients

Hip Replacement (Total)

  Consultation Diagnostics Treatment Care after discharge
Hospital costs Included from £350 £9500 Included
Consultant costs from £220 Included Included Included
Estimated total cost   £10,070
Estimated length of stay   2 nights
The guide price is correct as of 2nd March 2017

What's included

The prices in the table above (the “Guide Prices”) show what most patients should expect to pay at each appointment and on admission to hospital. The Guide Prices you pay might be different depending on your medical history and the type of implant you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you. Your price quotation will be made clear to you before you proceed with any tests, consultations or treatment.

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What our patients say

  • Colin Quickfall

    Hip Replacement (total) | The Horder Centre

    “The Horder Centre was recommended to me by friends who had said how good it was. I found everyone so pleasant and they just had time for me. It felt like a private hospital and it’s in such a lovely position in the country. I would definitely recommend it.”

  • Paul Bonett

    Hip Replacement (total) | The Horder Centre

    “I have already recommended The Horder Centre to friends. I had a super experience there. The personal attention and very nice accommodation made it very different.

    My fitness was pretty compromised before the operations but I took the rehabilitation very seriously and since then have been able to return to my aikido training and teaching with renewed vigour, plus daily cycling and some running, though keeping to under five miles. It all shows the efficacy of great surgery and focused rehab.”

  • David Summers

    Hip Replacement (total) | The Horder Centre

    "After I broke my leg, I had one leg half an inch shorter than the other so always had to wear orthotics. Now for the first time, this isn’t the case. At the Horder I was blessed with a top surgeon, Hugh Apthorp, and the quality of nursing was excellent. There were real elements of old fashioned nursing care. The food was excellent and everything was of a much higher standard than I expected.

    Walking has always been such an important part of my life and I now feel that I can plan ahead for some of the experiences that I was beginning to fear would elude me before I had my hip replacement.”

  • Dr Joy Virden

    Hip Replacement (total) | The Horder Centre

    “I opted to go private because I wanted to be able to choose exactly when I could have my operation and avoid waiting lists. I was hugely impressed with The Horder Centre.

    I think what made it different is the fact that it specialises in orthopaedic surgery, and that level of specialism meant that everyone was very knowledgeable. The preparation beforehand gave me confidence, and the aftercare was excellent. I had physiotherapy three times a day.”

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