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Hip replacement surgery

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At The Park Hospital we offer private hip replacement surgery for patients based in Nottingham, Grantham and Newark. We also welcome patients from further afield, whether from the UK or abroad.  

Our exceptional standard of care is reflected through our high patient satisfaction rates. 98.4% of patients at The Park Hospital would recommend our hospital in Nottingham to their loved ones.

What is hip replacement surgery?

Your hip joint is formed from a ball at the top of your femur (thighbone) and a socket in your pelvis (the lower part of your tummy). If this ball or socket becomes damaged and painful due to a medical condition or as a result of an injury, an operation known as a hip replacement could be advised to help reduce the pain in your joint.

A hip replacement removes and replaces the damaged part of your hip with an artificial component, known as a prosthesis.

There are different types of hip replacement surgery that can be performed. A partial hip replacement (also referred to as hemiarthroplasty) replaces the ball at the top of your femur (thighbone) with a prosthesis. A total hip replacement replaces and removes both the ball and socket of your hip joint with prostheses.

Although adults of any age can undergo a hip replacement, this procedure is typically performed in adults aged 60 to 80. This is because the most hip problems that are treated through a hip replacement operation are caused by wear and tear that comes on gradually as we age.

If you are struggling with pain or limited mobility in your hip, our Orthopaedic Surgeons at The Park Hospital in Nottingham can perform a diagnostic assessment to confirm the cause of your symptoms. After a diagnosis has been confirmed, our multidisciplinary team of specialists (including Pain Management Consultants and Physiotherapists as well as Surgeons) will work with you to create an effective treatment plan tailored to your needs.

If you are advised to have hip replacement surgery, your Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Park Hospital will explain what this will involve and what to expect after your surgery.

In most cases, hip replacement surgery is advised when damage to your hip joint is impacting your mobility or causing significant pain. The most common conditions that cause this kind of damage are:

  • Osteoarthritis: This occurs when the cartilage (the tissue cushioning your joints) begins to break down, causing the bones that form your hip joint to rub together
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This is an autoimmune condition where your immune system wrongly attacks the lining of your joint, which can gradually damage your cartilage and joints
  • Hip fracture: A hip fracture is a break or crack in the top of your femur (thighbone). You might experience a hip fracture following an injury to the side of your hip

An Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Park Hospital might recommend surgery if you are suffering from the following symptoms:

  • Severe swelling, stiffness and pain in your hip
  • Limited mobility, meaning you are unable or find it difficult to perform regular daily activities, such as showering
  • Hip pain that disturbs your sleep, causing you to wake up during the night or have trouble finding a comfortable sleeping position

Your specialist might also recommend hip replacement surgery if your symptoms are affecting your mental health, preventing you from functioning at work or from enjoying a fulfilling social life.

After a hip replacement operation, most patients experience a significant reduction in pain and a considerable improvement in mobility.

Is hip replacement surgery right for me?

Although our hip specialists at The Park Hospital are trained as Orthopaedic Surgeons, we will only recommend hip surgery if we think it’s the right decision for you.

First, we will consider less invasive methods to help manage your pain and treat the cause. These might include non-surgical treatments such as physiotherapy, pain relief medication, or steroid injections. We might even encourage you to make lifestyle changes, such as becoming more active or eating more nutritious foods.

However, if these methods don’t work, or if we think they simply won’t be able to alleviate your symptoms, a hip replacement operation could be considered.

When you choose treatment for hip pain at Circle Health Group, your first visit will usually be to meet your Orthopaedic Consultant. This appointment is known as an initial consultation.

An Orthopaedic Consultant might also be referred to as an Orthopaedic Surgeon or a Consultant Surgeon. Orthopaedics is the specialism concerned with bones and joints, and Consultants normally specialise in one or two joints. If you are having problems with your hip, you will see a Consultant with a special interest in hips.

How to book your initial consultation

At The Park Hospital in Nottingham, we have a simple online booking portal that makes accessing a private consultation with an Orthopaedic Surgeon easier than ever.

You can choose a time that works for you, and you’ll normally find an appointment available within the next 48 hours.

If you’d rather speak with us on the phone, you can call a member of our team directly on 0115 9662000.

What happens at your first appointment

At your initial consultation, your Surgeon will discuss your symptoms, including when they first appeared and how they have been affecting your day-to-day life. They will speak to you about your medical history and perform a physical examination to assess the condition of your hip.

Your Orthopaedic Surgeon might recommend a diagnostic scan to confirm the cause of your symptoms. These could include an X-ray (a scan that allows the bones of your hip joint to be seen), or an MRI scan (which enables your Surgeon to view your joints, muscles, blood vessels and nerves). Alternatively, a CT scan could be carried out to provide detailed images of different parts of your body, for example your bones or blood vessels.

Your preoperative assessment at The Park Hospital in Nottingham

If your Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Park Hospital advises having hip replacement surgery, you will need to attend a preoperative assessment before your operation. This is a general health check that can be performed by one of our specialist Nurses.

Your Nurse will measure your weight, pulse, height and blood pressure. A peak flow test might be carried out, where your Nurse will ask you to blow into a small device called a peak flow meter, to check the function of your lungs. Your Nurse could also carry a blood test and electrocardiogram (ECG) to examine your heart’s activity.

At all your appointments, including your initial consultation and preoperative assessment at The Park Hospital in Nottingham, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and share any concerns you have. It is important that you inform your Consultant about any medication that you are taking. You might be asked to bring this medication to your appointments.

Preparing for hip surgery at The Park Hospital: things to remember

Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will ask you to prepare for your hip replacement operation by keeping active beforehand, as this can strengthen your hip muscles and support your recovery after surgery. Your Surgeon might work with a Physiotherapist to provide you with hip exercises to follow ahead of your surgery.

In addition to keeping active, there are many ways you can prepare for your operation, including:

  • Arranging support: You might need some assistance around your home while recovering from surgery. Your Consultant will speak to you about having a family member or friend at home to support you during this period
  • Arranging transport: It can take around six weeks to return to driving following your surgery. You should avoid driving to our hospital for surgery, as you will not be able to drive yourself home. Instead, you can ask a family member, or friend, to drive you to your appointment at The Park Hospital in Nottingham
  • Avoid wearing any nail varnish or jewellery: You should avoid wearing false nails, nail varnish or jewellery to hospital, as these will all need be removed before your operation

Your Consultant or Nurse will inform you when to stop eating or drinking before your operation. If your surgery is in the morning, you could be advised to avoid eating anything after midnight and drink only clear fluids. If you are having afternoon surgery, you could be asked to consume a light breakfast before 7am and drink only clear liquids from then on.

On the day of your operation at The Park Hospital in Nottingham, you will be taken to an operating theatre where you will be joined by your Consultant, a Theatre Nurse and an Anaesthetist. You could be administered general anaesthetic, which means you will not be awake during your operation, or spinal anaesthetic, where an injection is used to numb the bottom half of your body.

After anaesthetic has been administered, your Surgeon will either perform a partial or total hip replacement surgery. The type of hip replacement that is performed will depend on your diagnosis.

Partial hip replacement surgery (also called a hemiarthroplasty)

During a hemiarthroplasty, your femoral head (the ball at the top of your thigh bone) is removed and replaced with a prosthesis. A hemiarthroplasty can be performed if you have a damaged or fractured femur (thighbone).

Total hip replacement surgery (also known as total hip arthroplasty)

If you are advised to have total hip replacement surgery, your Surgeon will either create two small incisions (under 10 cm each) or a single incision (up to 30cm) on the side of your hip to perform your surgery. These will be used to access the inside of your hip joint in order to remove your femoral head (the ball at the top of your femur or thigh bone). The socket for your femoral head that is in your pelvis (the lower part of your tummy) will also be hollowed out and replaced with a new plastic or metal socket. Your Surgeon will then place a short, metal shaft (stem) with a small ball into the hollow of your femur (thigh bone). This metal shaft and ball will fit into your new plastic or metal socket to form your new hip joint.

Your prosthesis (artificial hip joint) can be held in place with bone cement, which is when your Surgeon uses a synthetic substance to secure your prosthesis to your healthy bone. Alternatively, you might have what’s known as an uncemented hip replacement, meaning your prosthesis will have tiny holes that your bone can grow into to secure your prosthesis in place. Sometimes, your Surgeon might use a cemented ball and uncemented socket. This is known as hybrid replacement.

How long does a hip replacement take?

It can take between one to two hours to perform your hip replacement surgery at The Park Hospital in Nottingham. Your Consultant will talk you through this beforehand.

After your hip replacement operation at The Park Hospital in Nottingham, you will be taken to a recovery room. You should be allowed to drink and eat shortly after your surgery. You will need to remain at our hospital at least overnight following your hip replacement operation, and will usually be discharged from our hospital within three to five days.

A Physiotherapist at The Park Hospital can provide you with crutches to help with walking for the first four to six weeks. Your Physiotherapist will guide you through hip replacement exercises to support your recovery.

Physiotherapy exercises after a hip replacement can include circulation exercises, where you bend your ankles and turn them in both directions, hip flexion (bending) exercises, and hip abduction exercises (these involve stretching the leg on your operated side outwards). You will be asked to continue doing these physiotherapy exercises while recovering at home.

When can I walk unaided after a hip replacement?

After around six weeks, you should be able to walk unaided without the support of crutches. But you should avoid participating in any sports where there is a risk of experiencing a fall for at least three months. Your Physiotherapist will explain when you can return to playing sports.

Pain after a hip replacement: what is normal?

Hip replacement surgery can provide immediate pain relief from arthritis. But you could feel some temporary pain from your operation, which can be alleviated by taking pain relief medication during the first few days of your recovery.

How long will it take to recover from hip replacement?

You should be able to drive after six weeks. When you can return to work will depend on the type of work that you do. If your role is mostly sedentary (sitting down), you might be able to return to work sooner, at around six weeks. However, if your role is more strenuous you will need to wait longer, and you should be able to return to work around 12 weeks after a hip replacement.

How long does a hip replacement last?

Generally, a modern hip replacement is expected to last for at least 15 years.

However, a study supported by the National Institute for Health Research and published by the BMJ shows more than 50% of hip replacements are now lasting for 25 years or more.

As with any surgery, there are possible risks to expect if you are having a hip replacement operation. These include:

  • Infection: Your Surgeon will explain how to look after your wound(s) and provide antibiotics to minimise this risk of infection
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots): You will be given blood thinning medication or compression stockings to prevent blood clots. Compression stockings apply pressure to your lower legs, which improves your blood flow and helps reduce your risk of developing blood clots
  • A loosening of your artificial joint: You could experience a loosening of your prosthesis, although this only affects up to 5 in 100 patients that have had a hip replacement. Further surgery can be performed to correct this
  • Dislocation: If you experience a dislocation (where your hip joint comes out of your socket), your Orthopaedic Surgeon can perform a surgery to put this back into its correct place

The cost of having hip replacement surgery at The Park Hospital in Nottingham will vary depending on your diagnosis and the type of procedure that you will need.

At The Park Hospital in Nottingham, hip surgery costs between £11,940-£14,936.*

With Circle Health Group, the cost of your treatment can be paid using your private medical insurance or, if you’re paying for your own treatment, you can take advantage of our flexible payment options.

If you are paying for yourself, you’ll be given a fixed-price package ahead of any treatment you have, so you’ll always know how much you are going to pay. The cost can be spread over one to five years and we have interest-free options for the first 12 months.

Your initial consultation and any scans or tests done during this appointment will be charged separately from the rest of your treatment. Again, you’ll be told exactly how much this will cost ahead of time, so you’re always making an informed choice.

For further information about paying for your treatment at The Park Hospital, please visit our payment options page.

*This is a guide price and only applies to people paying for their own treatment. Exact prices will be confirmed when you book. 

There are many benefits to choosing private treatment at The Park Hospital in Nottingham, including:

  • Fast access to treatment for patients located in Nottingham, Grantham, Newark and further afield
  • Bespoke treatment plans tailored to your individual needs
  • Consultant-led care throughout your treatment journey
  • Compassionate care from the same team of experts from start to finish
  • En-suite hospital rooms, including a telephone and TV
  • Car parking space and convenient hospital access via public transport, and
  • Exceptional patient satisfaction rates, with 98.4% of patients likely to recommend our hospital to their loved ones.

If you would like to learn more about private hip replacement surgery at The Park Hospital in Nottingham, call us on 0115 9662000 or book your appointment online today.

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