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Hip Unit

Have your hip surgery carried out by one of the most experienced surgeons in the country

If you need a hip operation, you’ll want to ensure the best treatment possible for hip pain - and to ensure and a quick recovery.

With world-class, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, it’s no wonder that internationally-recognised consultant surgeons choose to see and treat their patients at Sulis Hospital Bath.

Some procedures can be provided using the latest techniques in robotic-assisted surgery.

During your stay with us, you’ll benefit from an unsurpassed level of dedicated care tailored just for you, in luxurious award-winning surroundings We’ll carry out your operation in our dedicated Hip Unit, where our specialist surgical team will provide you with the best possible support before, during and after your operation.

Whether you need:

  • hip replacement surgery
  • hip replacement revision surgery
  • hip arthroscopy

We’re experts in hip surgery and have an experienced team of dedicated professionals who will help get you back on your feet quickly.

Your hip is described as a ‘ball and socket’ joint. It’s formed by the upper part of your thigh bone (the femur) fitting into the part of your pelvis that looks a bit like a shallow cup (this part is called the acetabulum).

This structure gives your hip joint a good amount of mobility but unfortunately means that it’s also susceptible to wear and tear by a number of causes (both injury and bone disease). This wear and tear can result in severe pain and a lack of mobility in your hip.

At Sulis Hospital Bath our two priorities with your hip surgery will be to

  • treat you quickly, so that you’re not in pain any longer
  • return function to your hip, so that you can carry on enjoying life as soon as possible.

Hip surgery is carried out in our dedicated Hip Unit at Sulis Hospital Bath. Having this specialist unit means that all our staff are experts in their field and can focus on getting you treated and moving again quickly and safely.

When you book an appointment with us, you’ll be seen by one of our friendly orthopaedic consultants. Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and your previous medical history to get a clear understanding of things.

Your consultant will have a thorough, expert examination of your hip and will probably ask you to move your leg around in various ways. This will help them to understand exactly what the issues are and will allow them to see the range of motion you currently have in your hip and precisely where and when you have discomfort.

Tests to help with diagnosis

Occasionally your consultant may require certain tests carried out to aid diagnosis. In the majority of cases, we’ll be able to carry these tests out on the same day. However in some circumstances, and especially if the test requires specific preparation, we’ll need to arrange the test for another day. (Rest assured, we’ll always schedule it for the earliest possible date as we don’t want you to have an unnecessary wait).

Tests your consultant may want you to have include:

  • an x-ray of the hip or pelvis
  • a CT (computerised tomography) scan of your pelvis: this can help the consultant visualise your bones in 3D, giving them a clearer picture of what’s going on.
  • an MRI scan of your hip or pelvis: this is particularly good when muscular or ligament and tendon issues are suspected
  • a blood test: to check if there are any signs of inflammation or infection that may be causing your symptoms

These additional tests won’t necessarily be required, and your consultant may want you to have additional tests that aren’t listed above. (Any tests will be thoroughly explained to you beforehand so that you know how the tests will be carried out and why they’re being done.)

We know that having to wait for test results can be frustrating, so you will be pleased to know that we believe in giving you a quick, accurate diagnosis following your consultation.

It should be noted that sometimes after this initial meeting your consultant may decide that surgery isn’t needed and that treatment can be by some other means (e.g. physiotherapy).

If it’s determined that surgery is required, your consultant will talk you through the process thoroughly and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We want you to be fully informed before any surgery.

If you require hip surgery, we believe that you’ll find no better place to have it done than Sulis Hospital Bath.

With our state-of-the-art equipment, a dedicated Hip Unit and a medical team that includes some of the top hip surgeons in the country, you can be assured that you’ll be in expert hands.

At Sulis Hospital Bath we like to do things differently. That’s why, unlike many other hospitals, you’ll benefit from:

  • receiving your treatment within two weeks of initial diagnosis: with no waiting lists, we can get you treated and back to good health quickly.
  • being treated in our specialist Hip Unit: where every member of staff is an expert on hip surgery and can answer any questions you may have.
  • our multidisciplinary team: we have built an incredibly strong and diverse team of like-minded healthcare professionals who all work together every day to achieve the best possible result for everyone we treat. Being able to draw upon such a vast amount of shared experience is of immense benefit to our team.
  • a dedicated physiotherapy team: to ensure you’re able to mobilise quickly and to get back on your feet safely.
  • attending Joint School: before your operation, you’ll be able to come and learn all about it from our nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. You’ll also receive a handy booklet that explains the whole process and lets you know what to expect. Three months after your operation you’ll attend Joint School again for further support in a friendly, welcoming, community environment.

If you require hip surgery, why not talk to us about how we can help? At Sulis Hospital Bath you’ll receive your treatment from a highly experienced hip surgeon and experience an outstanding level of care.

We know that you’d prefer not to need an operation on your hip. But if you do require one why not have it done by the very best surgeons, in the very finest hospital and with the very best possible care?

The Stryker Mako robotic-arm system is a state-of-the-art technology that assists surgeons in hip joint replacements. It has been described as ‘the gold standard’ of hip and knee joint replacement.

Since 2006, more than 100,000 total procedures have been performed with Mako around the world.

This proven and trusted system provides several patient benefits over and above standard surgery, including:

  • A surgical procedure customised to the patient’s exact requirements - the Mako system develops a pre-op plan and guides and assists the surgeon during surgery to ensure implants are placed in the optimum position
  • New levels of accuracy within the operation - the system allows fine adjustments as the surgeon requires to get the most accurate result

These factors lead to faster recovery time with less post-op pain

Treatments offered

  • Hip arthroscopy

  • Hip replacement revision surgery

  • Hip replacement surgery

  • Hip resurfacing

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How to find us
Just 10 minutes from Bath
The Sulis Hospital Bath,
Foxcote Avenue,
Peasedown St John,
Bath, BA2 8SQ
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By Car

Sulis Hospital is located 6 miles south of Bath city centre. Travelling from Bath, head south west on the A367. After you pass the Audi and Mercedes-Benz dealerships on your left take the first exit on the roundabout into Wellow Lane. Then take the first left into Foxcote Avenue and the Bath Business Park. Sulis Hospital is located immediately on your right hand side and the entrance is opposite the entrance to Mercedes-Benz.


A visitors' car park is located directly in front of the hospital. This is free of charge to patients and visitors.

By Public Transport

There are regular buses to Peasedown St John. Please note the nearest bus stop is a short walk.