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Our highly experienced consultants perform thousands of hip replacements and other types of hip surgery every year
While many people will find that their hip problems can be managed and treated effectively using non-surgical methods, others may be told that surgery will be needed to relieve their symptoms and properly resolve the issue.
If you live in London and have been told by a doctor that hip surgery may be a suitable treatment option, the experienced team of hip specialists at The London Independent Hospital would be delighted to help you get the support you need.
This page has been written to provide you with useful information about the different types of private hip surgery that are available at The London Independent Hospital in Stepney Green, East London.
On this page, we will look at:
After reading through the details on this page, if you have any questions or would like to arrange a private consultation to discuss hip surgery it is very easy to contact us online or by telephone:
Please note that this page has information that is specific to The London Independent Hospital in East London. If you live elsewhere in the UK and would like to arrange private hip surgery, please click on the ‘Hospitals’ link in the grey bar near the top of this page to find the Circle Health Group hospital closest to you.
In particular, hip replacement surgery is a very common procedure.
Hip surgery can refer to a few different procedures, including:
The type of hip surgery that is most suitable for you will depend on what is causing your hip problems.
Here’s what they told us about hip replacement surgery, the most common hip operation carried out in London:
“The vast majority of patients who have hip replacement surgery will find that it brings about reliable, long-term pain relief, with secondary functional gains. Some studies have recorded a positive impact on life expectancy, while others show that patients are healthier and happier following their hip replacement surgery.”
Mirroring Mr Tsitskaris’ quote above, public health data for England shows that 97% of people who had hip replacement surgery reported improvements, with 95% saying they felt better after the surgery.
For people who have been struggling with pain or stiffness in their hip(s), often for many months, to give such positive feedback shows just how much of a difference hip surgery can make.
The demand for hip surgery in London continues to be high due to a combination of an ageing population, long-term pressures on the healthcare system, and the subsequent challenges and delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The problem is likely to get worse, with one study estimating that by 2060 the demand for hip and knee joint replacement will have increased by almost 40%.
This increased (and ever-increasing) demand and limited capacity are some of the main reasons so many people are now choosing to have their hip surgery carried out privately at their local Circle Health Group hospital.
By having hip surgery at The London Independent Hospital, people living in London can get out of pain and stiffness and back to a better quality of life without having to wait for weeks or months.
If you are experiencing any of the above signs, speak to one of our Circle Health Group consultants.
Our leading hip specialists will be able to accurately diagnose the problem, give you all the information you need to make the right treatment decision for you, and help you to get back your quality of life.
Five of the main reasons people need hip surgery are:
Acute trauma to the hip (e.g. a fracture) will normally be treated through the NHS, although a Circle Health Group consultant can see you to review your recovery or if you would like a second opinion about treatment options.
Non-urgent surgery is known as ‘elective surgery’. Hip surgery carried out at The London Independent Hospital is elective and normally needed because of damage to the hip caused by osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that can affect any joint in the body.
The bones in a joint have a thin lining of articular cartilage. This allows the bones to glide over one another smoothly and without any friction.
Osteoarthritis causes the articular cartilage to become worn and damaged. As it breaks down, movement in the joint begins to generate friction. This friction can lead to pain and stiffness in the joint. Usually, as osteoarthritis progresses and causes more damage it will lead to more severe stiffness and pain in the joint, but this is not always the case.
The hip is a ‘ball and socket’ joint. The ball-like upper part of the femur (known as the femoral head) sits inside the acetabulum (a shallow socket in the pelvis). Layers of strong muscle help hold the joint securely in place as the leg is moved.
When osteoarthritis affects the hip, the femoral head and acetabulum may begin to rub against one another. As the joint damage becomes more extensive, the bone surfaces will grate together, causing pain and stiffness, and often reducing hip mobility significantly.
In this operation, the natural joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint (known as an implant or prosthesis.)
A hip revision is an operation to take out your old hip replacement and replace it with a new one. It is usually required when the original hip replacement has become damaged or dislodged, or has developed complications.
Around 85% of total hip replacements last for 15 years, with 58% lasting for 25 years, so revision surgery is not as common as hip replacement surgery, and not everybody with a hip implant will need revision surgery.
Due to the increased complexity of revision surgery, it is only carried out in hospital with ITU/HDU availability. While most private hospitals do not have this facility, The London Independent Hospital does, so we can provide for these more complex cases in a very safe environment.
Hip impingement, also known as femoroacetabular impingement/FAI, describes a condition in which the ball part of the joint (femoral head and neck) does not perfectly match the socket part of the joint (acetabulum). This leads to a pinching (impingement) in the hip, which results in a restriction of movement, pain and discomfort.
Hip arthroscopy (keyhole) surgery may be considered if hip impingement symptoms are significantly limiting your quality of life and sporting activities.
Bursitis happens when the fluid-filled sacs (known as bursa) that cushion and protect your hip joints become inflamed. This can cause swelling and severe pain.
The pain from hip bursitis may be treated through a course of physiotherapy, hip injection therapy, or anti-inflammatories.
However, sometimes these non-surgical approaches will not effectively treat hip bursitis. In this case, you might be offered hip replacement surgery to significantly reduce your symptoms.
Although this page is about hip surgery in London, it is important to note that surgery is only ever carried out when other treatments are no longer able to effectively manage your symptoms.
Your Circle Health Group consultant will monitor your treatment and can adjust things as needed if your symptoms become worse.
Non-operative treatments available at The London Independent include:
All hip joint injections are carried out in one of our three operating theatres to ensure a sterile, safe environment. We also use a special dye and X-ray imaging for accurate positioning of the needle for the injection.
If these treatments are not able to help, hip arthroscopy or hip replacement surgery may be advised.
It is important that you make the decision that is right for you, and your consultant will you talk through options with you to make sure you have the information you need to make an informed decision.
Before any surgery, your consultant will explain to you:
While your consultant will advise you in their professional capacity, the final decision about any type of hip surgery is always yours to make. This collaborative approach to hip surgery is one of the reasons so many people visit us in London for help with their hip problems.
If you have any questions or concerns, your consultant will be very happy to talk through them with you.
Faced with such long waiting times, many people are choosing to have their hip surgery carried out privately here at The London Independent Hospital.
If you would like to discuss treatment options with us, please book a private consultation at a time that is convenient to you.
Hip revision surgery is a more complex operation and will take longer.
Hip surgery recovery looks different for everyone. Your recovery time will depend on a number of different factors, including your age and general fitness levels, as well as your reason for having surgery in the first place.
Your orthopaedic consultant will be able to give you a more personalised explanation of what to expect in terms of timelines and recovery.
However, there are some parts of the surgery recovery process that remain similar for everyone.
If you are struggling with a hip problem, whether long-term or more recent, we would be delighted to help you.
Why not contact us today to book your private hip surgery consultation so that we can help you access the support you need as soon as possible?
These fixed-price packages include an initial consultation, treatment and aftercare.
For your peace of mind, we will always send you written confirmation of the fixed-price fee following your consultation (and once any diagnostic tests have been carried out).
There are several ways you can pay for back pain treatment:
Your consultant will be able to discuss costs in greater detail at your consultation.