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Hip replacement surgery

Fast access to hip replacement surgery in Birmingham.

If you’re tired of living with hip pain and ready to take action, our team of dedicated experts at BMI The Priory hospital in Birmingham is ready and waiting to help you.  

Whether you have been told you need a hip replacement or are exploring treatment options for hip pain, our specialists will know just what to do. We offer fast access to appointments with Orthopaedic Consultants – you’ll usually be able to book one within 48 hours. From there, we’ll quickly diagnose the source of your pain, before building a bespoke treatment plan around your individual needs and circumstances.  

We offer private hip replacement surgery at both our BMI The Priory Hospital and BMI The Edgbaston Hospitals in Birmingham, West Midlands. And you don’t have to be based in Birmingham to experience quality care with us. We welcome people from further afield, too, including international patients.  

To book your appointment with one of our Orthopaedic Specialists, you can call us on 0121 4402323 or book your appointment online today. 

Successfully performed since the 1960s, total hip replacement surgery involves removing your damaged and painful hip joint with an artificial joint, also known as a prosthesis. This artificial hip joint is usually made of metal, ceramic or plastic (or a combination of the three materials).  

Your hip joint comprises a ball at the top of your femur (your thighbone) and a socket in your pelvis (the lower area of your tummy). This is known as a ball and socket joint. There are two types of hip replacement surgery that you might have: total and partial. 

A total hip replacement, also called a total hip arthroplasty, involves removing the top of your femur and socket and replacing them with a prosthesis. A partial hip replacement (also referred to as hemiarthroplasty) involves solely replacing your thigh bone head (femoral head) with a prosthesis. Your Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon will advise whether you need a total or partial hip replacement depending on your diagnosis.  

Do I need hip replacement surgery?


Hip pain can be debilitating. It can interfere with everyday activities, such as shopping, driving, or even walking from room to room in your home. You might find that hip pain prevents you from doing the things you love, such as sport and exercise, or from soaking up the outdoors.  

Fortunately, effective treatment options are available to help you manage your hip pain and reduced mobility. If you are struggling with pain or limited mobility in your hip, our specialist Orthopaedic Surgeons at BMI The Priory Hospital and BMI The Edgbaston Hospitals in Birmingham, West Midlands, are here to help you. 

Surgery will not be the right choice for everyone, and we will always try other options first. At BMI The Priory and Edgbaston Hospitals, we offer a variety of successful non-surgical treatments for hip problems. For example, you might benefit from a course of physiotherapy, or your pain might be eased by injection therapy.  

However, in some cases the damage to your hip joint is already so advanced that these less invasive treatments can’t help. In this instance, we may recommend hip replacement surgery. 

Your hip replacement cost will depend on the procedural options chosen by your Consultant.    

The total price of your hip replacement will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.    

Hip resurfacing surgery ranges from £13,737 to £15,011.  

Complex hip replacement ranges from £12,184 to £16, 464.  

Primary hip replacement ranges from £11,501 to £17,523.  

Fortunately, paying for surgery with us is an easy process.    

We offer many flexible easy payment options. You can read more about these here. 

BMI Healthcare is one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK. Our network of hospitals offers:  

  • Easy payment options to spread the cost of treatment over a period of time convenient to you 
  • Consistent care with the same healthcare team throughout your journey  
  • Free car parking and convenient hospital access via public transport 
  • Fast access to treatment for patients located across the UK 
  • Exceptional patient satisfaction rates 
To book your appointment with one of our Orthopaedic Specialists, you can call us on 0121 4402323 or book your appointment online today. 

No matter your reason for needing hip replacement surgery, we’ll help you get back to feeling like you again through effective treatment and exceptional standards of care.  

These standards are reflected by our high patient satisfaction rates:  

  • 97.5% of patients said the quality of their care was very good, or excellent 
  • 89.8% of patients said their expectations were met or exceeded 
  • 98.4% of patients said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend us to their friends and family

*During the period of January to December 2020, BMI The Priory Hospital received 2,718 long form patient questionnaires. 

Hip pain and limited mobility can be caused by a number of joint pain conditions, and they can also happen as the result of a traumatic injury. Some of the reasons why you might need hip replacement surgery include: 

Osteoarthritis: This type of arthritis causes chronic pain and stiffness, which in turn has a negative impact on your overall mobility. This is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, occurring when the smooth cartilage which protects and cushions your joints becomes worn down over time. It tends to happen as we get older. Symptoms differ from person to person with osteoarthritis.   

Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) currently affects more than 400,000 people in the UK. (RA) is an inflammatory joint condition caused by an autoimmune process, which occurs when your body mistakenly attacks its healthy cells. This often causes severe pain, swelling, inflammation and limited mobility.  

A hip fracture: A hip fracture is a crack 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. A hip fracture can be painful and require immediate medical attention.  

Symptoms that can be treated with hip replacement surgery

If you are suffering hip pain but are not sure why, our team of specialists can help diagnose your hip pain and manage your treatment accordingly. Some symptoms that can lead to hip replacement surgery include:  
  • Stiffness
  • Pain in your hip
  • Limited mobilit
  • Difficulty sleeping;
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty performing everyday tasks
  • Poorly affected mental health

We understand that hip pain can also take its toll on your mental health. According to our Joint Pain Matters 2020 report, which analyses the impact of joint pain on the lives of over 8,000 people, 66% of people with joint pain struggle with poor sleep and 50% said joint pain has affected their romantic relationships. These factors can have a subsequent impact on your mental health, causing understandable symptoms of depression and anxiety. Fortunately, we’re here to help you feel better both physically and emotionally.  

At your initial consultation, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will take a detailed look at your medical history and ask you a series of in-depth questions about your symptoms, including when they began and how they affect your daily life.   

They might also recommend a diagnostic scan to confirm the cause of your symptoms. This could be an X-ray or an MRI scan.   

Your Consultant will ensure that you understand the next steps required in your healthcare journey following your initial consultation. Remember, they are there to answer any questions you might have every step of the way.  

Your preoperative assessment


This is a general health check prior to your hip replacement that can be performed by one of our Nurses. This check includes a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram (ECG) to examine your heart’s activity and a peak flow test, which examines the function of your lungs.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to understand the state of your general health. You can ask your Nurse or Consultant any questions you might have about your health along the way. 

There are many ways you can prepare for hip replacement surgery the right way. Your healthcare team will support you in this to ensure you effectively prepare for surgery and experience the best possible recovery as a result. You can prepare for surgery by:  

Staying active beforehand: This doesn’t need to involve high-impact exercise. Low-impact exercises such as a walking and swimming can help strengthen your hip muscles and improve your mobility before surgery. Being overweight can put you at higher risk of suffering complications during your surgery, so maintaining a balanced exercise regime before surgery is advised. Your Physiotherapist can provide you with a series of specialist hip exercises to follow ahead of your surgery. They will explain how to perform these correctly.  

Arranging support around your home: You might require some assistance around your home in the first few days after your surgery. We suggest arranging support through a friend or family member to ensure you don’t put too much strain on your hip during your recovery.  

Stocking up on resources: We also suggest completing a large food shop before your surgery and stocking your shelves with plenty of resources to aid you throughout your recovery. You can ask a family or friend to shop for you, if needed.  

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. You should arrange travel through your support network.  

Your Consultant or Nurse will inform you when to stop eating or drinking before your operation.   

They will be able to answer any other questions you have about preparing for surgery, including what you should bring to the hospital with you.  

On the day of your operation at either BMI The Priory Hospital or BMI The Edgbaston Hospitals in Birmingham, West Midlands, you will be administered anaesthetic prior to your operation.  

This could be general anaesthetic or spinal anaesthetic. Spinal happens when an injection is administered in your spine to prevent any feeling in your lower body.  

After anaesthetic has been administered, your Consultant will perform partial or total hip replacement surgery, depending on your diagnosis.  

Partial hip replacement surgery (also known as 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 is usually performed if you have a fractured femur (thighbone).   

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


Your surgeon will begin the procedure by making two small incisions on the side of your hip. They will then remove your femoral head (the ball at the top of your femur or thigh bone) and replace it with an artificial component. The natural socket for the head of your femur will also be hollowed out and replaced with a short metal shaft with a smooth ball on its upper end (to fit into the socket). The cup and the stem will either be pressed to fit or fixed with bone "cement".  

Your Consultant
will bend and move your leg after fitting your replacement to ensure you can move it properly. They will then close their incision with dissolvable stitches. The outermost layer of your skin will be closed with glue or sutures.  


How long does a hip replacement take?


The procedure usually takes around two hours.  

After your hip replacement operation at either BMI The Priory Hospital or BMI The Edgbaston Hospitals in Birmingham, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be allowed to eat or drink shortly after your surgery.  

You will typically be discharged from hospital within two to five days.  

You will need to walk with crutches in the first four to six weeks after your surgery. Your physiotherapist y will provide you with these and guide you through a series of specialist hip exercises to ensure you maintain hip strength and mobility.  

After around six weeks, you should be able to walk unaided without the support of crutches. Your Physiotherapist will explain when you can return to playing sports and more strenuous activities. They will also advise certain specialist exercises you can try to speed up your hip replacement recovery at home.  

Hip replacement surgery can provide immediate pain relief from joint pain. You might experience some temporary pain after surgery, but this is natural. Speak with your Consultant if your pain becomes difficult to manage. They will be able to determine the cause of your pain and offer a solution.  

Driving after surgery


You should be able to drive after six weeks.   

Returning to work after surgery


Your return to work will depend on the type of work that you do. If you have a role that requires you to sit in an office setting, you should be able to return within six weeks.  

However, if your role is more strenuous, you should be able to return to work around 12 weeks after a hip replacement.   

As with any surgery, there are risks that can occur with having a hip replacement operation. These include: 

  • Dislocation; 
  • Fracture;  
  • Infection,  
  • Blood clots;  
  • and loosening of the implant.  

Remember, these complications are not common. Please speak with your Consultant if you have any concerns about these. They will be able to help ease your concerns.

Specialists offering Hip replacement surgery

Mr Nikhil Kharwadkar

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

FRCS (Orth), MS (Orth), DNB (Orth)

The Edgbaston Hospital 1 more The Priory Hospital

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Mr Divya Prakash

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, MS (Orth), FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glas), MCh Orth (L'pool), FRCS Orth

The Priory Hospital 1 more The Edgbaston Hospital

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Mr Mohammad Faisal

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

M.S(ORTHO), MSc (TRAUMA) U.K, MRCS(EDINB), FRCSED(T&O)

The Meriden Hospital 1 more The Priory Hospital

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Mr Andrew Michael Pearson

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Trauma and Orth)

The Priory Hospital

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Mr Nadim Aslam

Consultant Orthopaedic & Knee Surgeon

BMSc, MBChB, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Orth), MFSEM (UK)

The Droitwich Spa Hospital 1 more The Priory Hospital

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Mr Alaa Moftah

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

BM BCh, MSc, MD, FRCS

The Edgbaston Hospital 2 more The Meriden Hospital The Priory Hospital

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