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We share valuable information about our hip surgery services in Harrogate.
At The Duchy Hospital in Harrogate, we offer a range of private hip surgeries to investigate and treat any problems that could be affecting the inside of your hip joint.
The hip joint is formed of a ball at the top of your femur (thigh bone), which is called your femoral head, and your acetabulum (a socket), which is attached to your pelvis. A rim of cartilage, known as your labrum, surrounds your acetabulum (socket), allowing your bones to move freely.
If the structures inside your hip become damaged, you could be advised to have surgery. These internal structures can become irritated or damaged through accident or injury, or because of certain medical conditions.
At The Duchy Hospital in Harrogate, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will often consider surgery after initial treatment such as pain relief medication, injection therapy and physiotherapy have all been tried. If these have not improved the condition of your hip, surgery can be considered.
At your initial consultation, they will ask about your symptoms and your medical history, and they will examine the affected area. Diagnostic tests, for example an X-ray or MRI, could be performed to help establish the cause of your symptoms.
After a diagnosis has been made, your Orthopaedic Consultant will work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including Anaesthetists and Physiotherapists, to build a treatment programme tailored to your individual diagnosis. This could include pain relief medication, physiotherapy sessions to encourage movement and strength, or a course of steroid injections to reduce swelling and stiffness in your joint.
Although our specialists are trained surgeons, we will always try and use non-invasive treatments first. If your symptoms do not improve with this treatment, surgery will be considered.
As well as making the above changes, you will need to have a preoperative assessment with one of our team. This will consist of a health check, where a Nurse will check things such as your weight, height and blood pressure. They may also take a sample of your blood or urine and perform a swab to test for MRSA (a type of bacteria).
At your preoperative assessment, you will also be asked about your current medication and if you have any questions about your operation.
Depending on your personal circumstances, this preoperative assessment may be done over the phone rather than at the hospital. If this is the case, we might ask you to pop in quickly for any tests we need to do, or we might do the tests when you come in for your procedure.
At The Duchy Hospital in Harrogate, your surgical treatment could involve:
If you require an arthroscopy, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will a few small incisions in your hip. An arthroscope (a thin telescope with a camera) is inserted into one of these incisions and passed into a space between the ball of your hip joint (femoral head) and the acetabulum (socket). This allows your Surgeon to see the inside of your joint.
Once they have identified the problems causing your hip pain, your Surgeon will – if possible – perform treatment to fix the issue. Procedures that can be done arthroscopically include:
An arthroscopy normally takes between 30 minutes and two hours to complete.
During a hip resurfacing operation, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will trim any damaged cartilage from around the hip joint. The damaged surfaces of your femoral head (the ball at the top of your femur) and acetabulum (socket) are then replaced with a protective cover, which is normally made of metal.
There are two main types of hip replacement operation: a partial hip replacement, also known as hemiarthroplasty, and a total hip replacement operation, which is also called an arthroplasty.
In total hip replacement surgery, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will first make an incision on the side of your hip. Then, your femoral head (the ball at the top of your femur) is completely removed and your acetabulum (socket) is hollowed out to allow an artificial socket to be fitted.
A metal stem with a ball attached to its upper end is then fitted into the hollow of your femur (thigh bone). This connects with your socket to form your new joint.
During partial hip replacement surgery, only your femoral head (the ball at the top of your femur) is removed. This is replaced with a metal stem and ball. These artificial parts are known as prosthesis and are secured in place using either bone cement (a synthetic substance) or special coatings that allow your prosthesis to fuse to your bone.
A hip replacement operation – whether total or partial - could take up to two hours.
Before you go home, you might be given crutches to help you walk, as well as pain relief medication to relieve any post-operative pain.
Which operation you have will affect your recovery time as well as factors such as how many nights you need to stay in the hospital, how soon you can walk without help, when you can drive again, and when you can go back to work.
After your hip resurfacing treatment, you will probably need to stay at our hospital in Harrogate for around three days. Although some people might not require crutches, others will need them to help with walking or climbing stairs for up to six weeks following a hip resurfacing operation.
You should be able to do most of your normal activities again after six weeks. Your return to work will depend on your profession, so you should speak to your Consultant about what’s best for you. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will also advise that you avoid driving for at least six weeks.
If you have a hip arthroscopy, your Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Duchy Hospital in Harrogate could discharge you from our hospital as soon as the next day. During the first few weeks of your recovery, you might need to use crutches to assist with walking. As your operated hip becomes more comfortable, you can gradually return to your normal activities.
After one to two weeks, you should be able to drive again.
After hip replacement surgery, you will need to remain at our hospital in Harrogate for up to three days. You should be able to walk with the support of a walking aid within the first two days after your hip replacement operation.
At two to six weeks, you can begin doing gentle exercise. You should also be able to return to work around six weeks following your hip replacement surgery. Your return to work will depend on your profession and could take closer to 12 weeks if you have an active job.
Whatever hip surgery you undergo, if you are a driver, you will be advised to avoid driving for a while. Your surgeon will advise you on what’s right for you. Be sure to speak to your car insurance company too as they may have different guidelines that could affect your cover during recovery.
As with any treatment, there are possible risks that can occur following your operation. These include:
Alternatively, a hip arthroscopy at The Duchy Hospital in Harrogate can cost between £6,914 to £8,022.
It is important to note that these prices are only for reference purposes. The final cost of your treatment will always be confirmed in writing.
When you go private with us, you can expect: