A hip replacement is a common type of surgery, in which a damaged or worn hip joint is replaced with an artificial component. The procedure has a high success rate, and is designed to greatly relieve pain, improve your range of movement and give you a significantly improved quality of life.
Who is suitable for a hip replacement?
Chronic pain in your hip can be debilitating and can prevent you from doing the simple things you enjoy in life. Most patients that choose hip replacement surgery suffer from osteoarthritis. The procedure can also be used to treat other conditions that cause pain and restricted movement in the hip, such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hip fracture
- Septic arthritis
- Disorders that cause unusual bone growth (bone dysplasia).
If you are experiencing severe hip pain, and non-surgical treatments have not helped to reduce the pain or improve your mobility, then your consultant may recommend a hip replacement.
What does a hip replacement involve?
A hip replacement takes between one to two hours. As a patient, you will usually have a general anaesthetic, spinal anaesthetic or an epidural. If you prefer to be asleep whilst the procedure takes place then you can discuss this with your consultant. Your surgeon will make an incision in the hip area, remove the existing hip joint and replace it with a prosthetic one. This will be made of metal, plastic or ceramic.
What is the recovery period?
The length of time it takes you to recover from the operation depends on a range of factors, including your age and the type of procedure you choose. However, most patients only need to spend around three days in hospital. Our dedicated recovery team of specialist orthopaedic nurses and physiotherapists will work with you closely to make sure you build strength and mobility as quickly as possible.
As well as working with all major insurance companies, we also welcome patients who wish to pay for themselves. Below is an outline of our self-pay hospital package which includes tests, hospital stay and procedure. Please note: it does not include consultant fees, which may vary.
Hospital package from £11,965
Indicative consultant fees from £1,100
- Standard pre-admission tests, including electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-ray
- Accommodation in a private en-suite room up to three nights (though longer stays are provided if required, at an increased package price)
- All meals
- Ward medications and dressings
- Theatre procedure and anesthetics
- Inpatient physiotherapy, pathology, occupational therapy, surgical stockings and crutches
- Post-op and discharge medication
- Consultant consultation fee
- Consultant procedure fee
- Non-standard diagnostic and histology tests
- Any additional costs not specified in the package inclusions