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Hip surgery

Treatments for hip pain

Our hip joints are used very frequently as we go about our everyday activities like climbing stairs, walking around the house, and getting into and out of a car. Healthy hips function freely, without pain or stiffness. If a problem develops in a hip, from trauma, disease or age-related ‘wear and tear’ degeneration, it can have a marked impact on our enjoyment of life and our ability to carry out many everyday tasks.

If your hip pain and/or stiffness is mild, it can be easy to dismiss it as a natural part of ageing. When the symptoms are more severe, your mobility may be impacted to the extent that you can no longer do many of the things you most enjoy. While a visit to a GP or a physiotherapist may be helpful in the early stages of these symptoms, patients with more persistent symptoms will usually be referred to an expert specialising in Hip Surgery. Some patients also self-refer to us in order to get this help faster.

At The Highfield Hospital, our Consultant Hip Surgeons have helped countless people to say goodbye to debilitating, life-limiting hip pain and regain pain free function and movement in the hip. If you would like to meet with a Consultant for assessment, diagnosis and a discussion about any suitable treatment options, please book an appointment online and we will arrange that for you.

Hip pain is a surprisingly common complaint and non-surgical treatments can often be helpful in managing this. Treatments like pain relief medication, physiotherapy and hip joint injections are useful in many cases, often when damage to the hip is less significant. If the hip is more extensively damaged, by advanced osteoarthritis for example, these non-surgical treatments will often be of limited use

Should non-surgical treatments not provide you with adequate symptom relief, you may require some type of hip surgery. There are a number of different operations available for the hip, including:

  • Total hip replacement
  • Minimally invasive hip replacement
  • Revision total hip replacement
  • Robotic-Arm assisted Total Hip Replacement
  • Hip arthroscopy

Total hip replacement surgery involves removing the damaged hip joint and replacing it with a new artificial one (a prosthesis). This is usually required when advanced osteoarthritis in the hip has caused such degradation in the joint that function and movement is severely limited.

Although there are a number of operations available, surgery will not always be needed to treat hip pain.

For certain symptoms and conditions, a form of keyhole surgery known as hip arthroscopy may be needed to help diagnose the problem. A thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and light (this tube is known as an arthroscope) is passed through a small cut in your hip. This transmits a live feed to a screen, giving your Consultant a clear view of the inside of your hip joint. Certain issues can sometimes be corrected during a hip arthroscopy, which helps avoid the need for additional surgery in the future.

Depending on your circumstances, your Consultant may advise joint preservation treatment to help protect and maintain the function in your hip and delay the need for more major surgery such as total hip replacement. Your consultant will be able to discuss this further with you if appropriate for your condition.

If your hip joint is more significantly damaged, total hip replacement surgery may be recommended as the best way to get you out of pain and restore mobility.

Whatever the extent of your hip pain and stiffness, your Consultant will ensure you receive the ideal treatment to get you out of pain and to effectively manage any other symptoms.

When you meet with your Consultant for the first time, they will take your medical history and talk about your symptoms. They’ll ask you a number of questions to help narrow possible causes down. These will be questions like:

  • How long have you had your hip pain for?
  • Do you have any other symptoms?
  • What makes your symptoms worse?
  • Have any of your symptoms been getting worse over time?
  • Where exactly is the pain and what does it feel like?

They will carry out a physical examination of your hip as well as your back, because hip pain can be referred from problems in the back and occasionally from other areas

Additional diagnostic tests and investigation a may be needed, and these can all be easily arranged for you. Our on-site facilities include X-rays, CT, MRI and Ultrasound, giving you fast access to comprehensive imaging as required.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your Consultant will discuss the results with you and talk through suitable treatment options.

If it’s determined that you do in fact need hip surgery, we can arrange that for you as soon as possible. The hip implants used at The Highfield are state-of-the-art and tailored to your exact requirements. Robotic-arm assisted surgery can provide an even greater level of accuracy and precision, ensuring you are delighted with the results of your surgery.

People choose to come to us for help with their hip problems for a number of reasons. Whether you live in Rochdale or elsewhere in Lancashire, or will be travelling from further away, some of the key benefits of choosing The Highfield include:

  • Fast access to an expert – Hip problems can have a significant impact on life and we know that you won’t want to wait months for an appointment. With a number of leading hip experts working on-site at The Highfield, you’ll be able to book an appointment quickly and at a time that’s convenient for you.
  • Patient Satisfaction – In an independent survey, 98.4% of the people we treated said they were likely or highly likely to recommend The Highfield Hospital to their friends and family. We continue to work hard on making sure that everyone who trusts us for their care always receives the very highest level of support.
  • Treatment just for you – A bespoke approach to treatment can help ensure you receive optimal results. Your Consultant will tailor treatment to your specific condition so that you’re able to get back to better hip function more quickly.
  • Remote Consultation – While consultations can be carried out face-to-face here at The Highfield, we are also able to offer remote consultations by telephone or online video call where appropriate.
  • Custom recovery programme: Following any hip surgery, a well-structured recovery programme plays a key role in determining the benefits you’ll see from your new joint. Our on-site physiotherapy team will support you during your time with us, pre- and post-surgery, helping you to regain strength, movement and function safely and sensibly.
  • Support of a multidisciplinary team: With experienced Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, radiologists, nurses, physiotherapists and radiologists, you will always receive the best treatment, rehabilitation and care for your particular hip problem.

It is normal to feel anxious about hip pain and stiffness, particularly if it’s getting worse. As more daily activities become harder to do, it can be all too easy to start worrying about losing your independence and freedom

It’s important to know that you don’t need to suffer hip pain as there are a number of effective treatments available. We can help you to access them. Your Consultant will investigate the cause(s) of your hip pain and talk you through all suitable treatment options. If hip surgery is needed to resolve the problem, we’ll arrange it for you at the earliest opportunity so that you can get back to doing the things you love, sooner.

Specialists offering Hip 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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