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Hip replacement surgery

Tired of battling hip pain? We're here to help

Hip replacement surgery is a procedure to remove and replace your damaged and painful hip joint with an artificial hip (also known as a prosthesis). This is usually made of metal, ceramic, or plastic material (or a combination of the three components).

At The Highfield Hospital in Rochdale, our team of specialist orthopaedic consultants deliver expert, tailored treatment for hip pain. We offer our services to those who live in Rochdale, Lancashire, and further afield. To find out more about our services, call us or book an appointment with one of our specialist Consultants online today.

Why might you need total hip replacement surgery?

The most common symptom we see in people who suspect they might need a hip replacement is pain and stiffness that prevents them from fulfilling their everyday activities.

People might have difficulty:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Having sex
  • Completing simple tasks like tying shoelaces and picking things up from the floor

Other symptoms include:

  • Pain at night or when resting
  • Loss of movement in your hip
  • Swelling and tenderness around the joint

Some people also say they notice a limp due to their hip joint being stiff. 

These symptoms can be caused by many joint pain conditions other, including:

Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful inflammatory joint condition caused by an autoimmune process, which happens when your body attacks its healthy cells by mistake. This often causes pain, swelling, and inflammation in your joints.

Hip bursitis: Bursitis happens when the fluid filled sacs (known as bursa) that cushion and protect your joints become inflamed. This can result in pain and swelling in your joints. Usually, it presents as a dull, aching pain that can persist even when you take traditional painkillers or try gentle stretching.

A hip fracture: Hip fractures happen when cracks occur at the top of your thigh-bone (femur) in your hip joint. They are usually caused by a traumatic injury such as a contact sports injury, but they can sometimes be caused by a condition that weakens your hip bone, such as osteoporosis.

During your initial consultation, your consultant will assess your medical history, examine you carefully, and arrange for an X-ray of your hip if needed.

A consultation will assess the severity of your symptoms and whether surgery is the right treatment option for you. Sometimes, your consultant will suggest weight loss, physiotherapy, or pain relief medication before they do surgery. This depends on which treatment options you have already tried and whether these have been effective.

If you need hip replacement surgery, your consultant will arrange this for you. After your initial consultation, your consultant and multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals will ensure you understand the next steps in your journey and how to prepare for hip replacement surgery, if needed.

Helping relieve pain and improve your mobility significantly, hip replacement surgery can be life changing.

During hip replacement surgery, the damaged ball and socket of your hip joint will be replaced with an artificial implant. This implant is usually made up of a metal stem, a ceramic head, and a ceramic or plastic socket. There are two main types of hip replacement surgery:

Partial hip replacement: During this surgery, your consultant will remove and replace your damaged femoral head. Your femoral head is the upper end of your femur (your thigh-bone). This will be replaced with a prosthesis (an artificial femoral head), which is typically a metal ball attached to a metal stem.

Total hip replacement (also called known as arthroplasty): This form of surgery involves the removal of your femoral head and the realigning of your socket (together, known as your ball and socket joint). The socket and head can be removed and replaced with a prosthesis made of cemented or uncemented material. Both forms of material effectively secure your prosthesis.

The surgical process differs depending on which surgery you have, but regardless of which procedure you have, you will be administered general or spinal anaesthetic beforehand, which will numb your lower body and prevent you from feeling any pain during surgery.

At The Highfield Hospital, Rochdale, we use the latest technology to restore your leg length and remove and replace your hip with a prosthesis precisely and accurately.

How long does a hip replacement take?

The operation(s) typically take one to two hours to perform.

After surgery, you will recover in the anaesthetic room before being transferred back to the ward.

If your surgery takes place first thing in the morning, you will be able to get out of bed and begin walking with crutches by the afternoon. You will need to use these crutches for around six weeks into your recovery.

Our on-site physiotherapists will ensure you can walk safely before you are discharged from our care. You should follow the specialist exercises set by your physiotherapist to improve strength and mobility in your hip at home.

After six weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment with your consultant. At this stage in your recovery, you can enjoy low-impact activities such as long walks and gentle swimming. You should avoid strenuous activity as you heal. You can usually return to work after six weeks (if you have an office job).

Six to 12 weeks after hip replacement surgery, you should be well on the way to a full recovery and able to carry out everyday activities with ease.

For self-paying patients or those using their medical insurance to pay for treatment at The Highfield Hospital, the cost of hip replacement surgery ranges from £12,000 to £15,000, although our private patients are advised to call the hospital’s team for the most up-to-date-price.

We offer many flexible, easy payment options. These help you spread the cost of your payment over a time that suits your needs.

To find out more about the cost of hip replacement surgery at The Highfield Hospital, you can speak to a trusted member of our advisory team.

What are the risks and complications involved with hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery offers a great many benefits, including pain relief and significantly improved mobility. Of course, there are risks involved with such a major surgery, though. These include infection, deep vein thrombosis, leg length difference, and fractures.

Your consultant will discuss these risks with you to answer any questions you might have and put your mind at ease.

The Highfield Hospital in Rochdale has been a key, local private provider for decades. Combined with the latest in technology and on-site support services, our facilities are perfectly built to undertake a wide range of procedures, from routine investigations to complex surgery.

Ours is a high-volume orthopaedic sector, which adopts the very best technology in joint replacement surgery, including the use of robotic arm-assisted hip replacement surgery, which helps perform the surgery with greater accuracy and precision.

With ultra-clean theatres and excellent infection control, you’re in very safe hands when you visit us at The Highfield Hospital.

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today, or call a member of our team directly.

Specialists offering Hip replacement surgery

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Mr Soulat Naim

Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

MBBS, MS (Orthopaedics), MCh (Orthopaedics, Liverpool), FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics) Knee Fellowship (Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit)

The Highfield Hospital 1 more The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Gurudatt Sisodia

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, BSc, MSc, FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics)

The Highfield Hospital

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Mr Daniel Cohen

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB ChB (Commendation), MRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth), PgDip (Clin Ed)

The Highfield Hospital

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Mr Amit Kumar

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

BSc (Hons) MBBS (Lond) MRCS PgCert FRCS Ed (Tr&Orth)

The Alexandra Hospital 1 more The Highfield Hospital

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Mr Padman Phaltankar

Consultant Orthopaedic Hip and Knee Surgeon

MBBS, MS (Orth), D Ortho, FRCS, FRCS (Orth)

The Highfield Hospital 1 more The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Wiqqas Jamil

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - Knee & Hip

BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

The Highfield Hospital 1 more The Alexandra Hospital

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