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Hip replacement surgery

Experiencing hip pain can prevent you from enjoying day-to-day life. Even the simplest of activities, such as tying your shoes, can become difficult. For this reason, a total hip replacement can be truly life-changing. In fact, some patients notice the day after their procedure that the pain they were experiencing has gone.

Get back to living life to the full

At the Sulis Hospital Hip Unit, we want every patient to have the best possible experience with their hip replacement – and the fastest recovery. Our consultant orthopaedic surgeons are highly qualified, experienced and internationally recognised. You will see the same consultant throughout your treatment and be supported by a multi-disciplinary team of specialist nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

An exceptional level of care

Ensuring you're fully supported before, during and after your procedure.

We want to make sure you are fully informed and prepared for your surgery, so you will be invited to join our Joint School, which is led by our hip unit team of nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. They are on-hand to answer any questions you might have and advise on exercises that will support your recovery.

At Sulis Hospital Hip Unit, we make sure our patients are cared for in comfort. You’ll be welcomed into your ensuite bedroom and offered individual support. Your meals will be prepared by our chef, with a menu designed to fuel your recovery. Our highly skilled surgeons operate in state-of-the-art theatres and are equipped with the latest technology and high-quality implants.

We’ve pioneered an innovative recovery programme, which is designed to provide better pain control and help reduce the risk of complications. Physiotherapy starts as soon as you are well enough to get onto your feet and your follow-up physiotherapy appointments will be tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Your hip replacement questions answered

If hip pain is severely affecting your quality of life, making it difficult for you to complete everyday tasks or your pain isn’t relieved by medication, total hip replacement may be right for you.

Most patients requiring a hip replacement have osteoarthritis, which can get worse over time without surgical intervention. However, there are other reasons why you might need a hip replacement, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis (lack of blood supply) or after a previous fracture.

Total hip replacement is one of the most successful operations in medicine – it has changed millions of lives. It involves replacing the ball and socket of the hip with an artificial joint made from metal, plastic or ceramic. The aim of the surgery is to reduce pain and enable mobility – although, a replacement hip may not provide the same mobility as a natural one.

There are two parts to the implant: The socket, which is attached to the pelvis, and the femoral part, which is attached to the thigh bone. During surgery, the damaged or problem area of the hip is removed, and the new implant is attached.

Hip surgery has good outcomes, but of course, no surgery is without risk. For hip surgery risks can include dislocation of the hip, fractures, blood clots, infection at the injection site or in the deep tissue, damage to the nerves, a loosening of the implants or a change to leg length.

We do know that the risks associated with hip surgery can be increased if you are older, overweight, smoke or have health problems such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease. Our team will be able to talk you through the potential complications of surgery and anaesthetic during your consultation.

Most hip replacement surgeries involve a total replacement of the ball and socket joint. We have a range of replacement implants available at the hip unit and your surgeon will choose the most appropriate one for your hip and lifestyle.

In addition, some surgeons now use innovative robotics to assist with planning and delivering hip replacements with enhanced accuracy.

Our theatres have been fitted with the industry-leading, Stryker Mako robots. Not every surgeon uses robot-assistance technology, and it isn’t suitable for all patients.

Minimally invasive hip surgery is a technique designed to reduce damage to muscles and promote a shorter recovery time. Your surgeon will discuss whether either of these surgical approaches is suitable for you during your consultation.

The surgery itself usually takes around two hours, during which you will be placed under general or spinal anaesthetic.

During surgery, the damaged ball and socket are removed, the area prepared, and the replacement joint fitted. Your surgeon will use a software programme to help identify the hip replacement system that best suits your hip and lifestyle. Once fitted, the surgeon will mobilise your leg to make sure the new joint enables your normal range of motion.

We have created a video of a total hip replacement surgery performed at our hospital, so that you can get a better feel for what’s involved.

If total hip replacement surgery is the right course of action, you will be invited to ‘attend’ our Joint School, which is an online seminar about hip surgery. It includes everything you need to know before your stay, including exercises you can do ahead of and after the operation to promote a speedy recovery.

You will need to let our team know about any medications you are taking. We also recommend that you try to keep to a healthy weight, give up smoking and make sure you’re up to date with your Covid-19 vaccinations. You will be provided with more detailed information about how to prepare for surgery as part of our patient care process.

You might be surprised to learn that you’ll be back on your feet as quickly as possible – in fact, many patients begin physiotherapy in as little as two hours after surgery. Our physiotherapists will show you how to move in a way that supports faster rehabilitation.

Most patients can go home the day of or the day after surgery – in fact, the Sulis Hospital Hip Unit is working towards ‘same day discharge’ for joint replacement. You will be given pain relief but may still find some tasks difficult during the recovery period. For this reason, it’s best that a family member or friend is at home with you for those first few days after surgery. Most patients feel ready to return to work and their normal activities after 6-12 weeks.

You may be covered by private medical insurance, or you may wish to consider spreading the cost of your surgery by opting for a monthly payment plan.

We aim to make our costs as transparent as possible, but it’s important to talk everything through in detail with your consultant at the time of your appointment. Some costs may be paid directly to the hospital, while others, such as your consultant fees, may be paid directly to the consultant.

Why choose Sulis Hospital Hip Unit?

A specialist unit with internationally recognised surgeons.

Hip pain can be distressing and reduce your mobility, confidence and quality of life. Lengthy waits for surgery can affect your fitness, health and wellbeing. We offer investigation, diagnosis and surgery for hip problems with short waiting times so that you can get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Discover more about hip replacement surgery filmed here at Sulis Hospital Bath.

Treatment Overview

Combining a calming hospital environment with outstanding patient care so you can recover quickly.

  • Typical hospital stay 1 - 2 days

  • Type of anaesthetic General or Spinal

  • Covered by health insurance? Yes

  • Can I pay privately? Yes

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