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The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metallic head and metal stem that attaches to the rest of your thigh bone.
The damaged bone and cartilage within the socket of your hip bone are also removed and replaced with a metal shell that has a liner.
After these damaged parts have been placed, the new femoral head will be able to move inside this new smooth socket in your hip bone.
Your doctor will usually suggest an enhanced recovery programme if you are generally fit and healthy. This involves walking the day after your operation.
Research shows that the earlier you get out of bed and begin walking, eating and drinking the better. This speeds up your recovery and reduces the risk of infection.
Crutches are generally used between the first four to six weeks of your recovery period, but by six weeks, most patients are able to walk comfortably.
Your recovery time also depends on other factors, including how active you were prior to surgery and any pre-existing conditions that you might have.
The average cost of hip replacement surgery is around £12,500.
For high-impact contact sports you should wait for around six weeks until you get back into the game.
Before getting into a swimming pool, you should also wait for around four to six weeks until the incision from srugery has completely healed.
We allow leisure activities such as tennis, golf and increased gym exercise from six weeks after your hip replacement surgery.
If you have a left hip replacement and drive an automatic vehicle, you could return to driving earlier, at around four weeks. However, medications such as opioids could delay how soon you can go back to driving.