What is a hip replacement?

A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure for replacing the hip joint. This joint is made up of two parts, the hip socket (acetabulum, a cup shaped bone in the pelvis) and the “ball” or head of the thigh bone (femur).

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

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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Benefits of hip replacement surgery

90% of patients experience a large reduction in hip pain following a total hip replacement, which 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 what level of activity you can undertake.

Are there any alternatives to a total hip replacement?

Are there any alternatives to a total hip replacement?

  • Simple 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 (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.

All these measures become less effective if your arthritis gets worse.

What does the operation involve?

The operation usually takes an hour to 90 minutes. Various anaesthetic techniques are possible. 

Your surgeon will make a cut on the side of your hip and remove the damaged ball and socket. They will insert an artificial joint made of metal, plastic, ceramic, or a combination of these materials (see figure 1). 

The implant is fixed onto the bone using acrylic cement or special coatings that bond directly to the bone.

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

Specific complications
• 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

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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Enhanced recovery programme

Enhanced Recovery is a new, evidence-based approach that helps people recover more quickly after having major surgery. Having an operation can often be both physically and emotionally stressful. Enhanced Recovery Programmes try to get you back to full health as quickly as possible.

Sometimes referred to as rapid or accelerated recovery, Enhanced Recovery 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.

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.

Finance options available

To make private healthcare more accessible, we have introduced a finance option so that patients can spread the cost of their treatment over a period of time.

Horder Healthcare works with Zebra Health Finance to offer approved customers Finance Options, enabling you to get back on your feet and back to normal life as soon as possible.

Zebra Health Finance offers finance plans to suit your individual budgets:

  • Representative 0% APR up to 6 months
  • Representative 16.9% APR from 12 to 60 months
  • Simple and quick application process
  • Once approved, the loan money is paid directly to Horder Healthcare

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As a private patient at The Horder Centre you can get faster access to the very best orthopaedic consultants.

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What our patients say

  • Ann Waterman

    Hip Replacement (total) | The Horder Centre

    “I was looked after very well and liked the fact that most patients were there for similar operations, so you didn’t feel alone. The first couple of months after the operation were the toughest. I only managed to walk about a quarter of a mile with a stick, but I gradually started walking a little further and then one day I realised I actually walked better without the stick. I managed to get up Vesuvius, with the help of my daughter Pippa and by taking breaks. I would never have been able to do the climb before the operation.”

  • Billy Bonds

    Hip Replacement (total) | The Horder Centre

    “I chose The Horder Centre because an actor friend of mine, whom I see once a year, had just had an operation there and said it was absolutely brilliant. 

    All the staff, from the surgeon to the hall porter (apart from the fact he supported Spurs), were top drawer. I think it is the attention to detail that makes The Horder Centre special. My brother, who had a similar operation elsewhere, couldn’t believe it when I told him that a nurse escorted me to my car when I left.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

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