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Rapid diagnosis and effective private hip treatment
At The Priory Hospital in Birmingham, you'll have a private consultation with a bones and joints specialist, also known as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, within 48 hours of booking. You can do this by submitting an online enquiry, using our online booking portal or contacting one of our friendly advisors on 0121 4402323.
Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will work with experts across a range of specialties at our private hospital in Birmingham. Our multidisciplinary team includes Radiologists, Pain Management Consultants, Anaesthetists and Physiotherapists. Together they’ll diagnose the cause of your symptoms and establish a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
For some people, these treatments won’t be enough to combat the pain and discomfort they’re feeling in their hip. If this is the case for you, your Orthopaedic Consultant may recommend surgery. What surgery you are recommended will be based on your individual circumstances. Rest assured, we will only suggest surgery if we feel it’s the best treatment pathway for you.
Your Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham might consider surgery if you are suffering from the following symptoms:
Your Orthopaedic Surgeon might recommend a hip operation to treat the following conditions:
At your initial consultation at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham, your Orthopaedic Consultant will take you to a private consulting room where they will discuss your medical history and symptoms, including when they first appeared and how they have been affecting your daily routine. Your Consultant will also perform a physical examination of the affected area, and could suggest an X-ray or MRI scan to take a closer look at the structures inside your hip.
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, your Orthopaedic Consultant will work with our experienced team of Physiotherapists and Pain Management Consultants at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham to create a treatment programme that is tailored to your requirements. If pain relief medication, steroid injections and physiotherapy does not improve your symptoms, surgery could be considered.
Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will explain what your surgery will involve, including how to prepare for your operation and the risks and benefits that are associated with your surgery.
Prior to your operation at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham, you will be asked to attend a preoperative assessment. This will include a general health check where your Consultant or one of our Nurses will measure your height, weight and blood pressure. Your Nurse or Consultant will also collect a sample of your urine or blood and an electrocardiogram (ECG) could be recommended to assess your heart’s rhythm and activity.
In addition to this health screening, your Consultant will advise that you prepare for your operation by keeping active to improve your overall health and to strengthen the muscles around your hip. If you smoke, you could be advised to quit smoking ahead of your operation to support your recovery and lower your risk of developing anaesthesia-related complications. You will also be encouraged to lose weight before your treatment if your body mass index (BMI) is higher than the normal range. This will help remove pressure on your joints and minimise your risk of post-surgery complications.
If you are given general anaesthetic, you will be asleep throughout your treatment. Local anaesthetic works by numbing just the part of your body where your operation will be performed, so you will be awake. The type of anaesthesia that is administered will depend on the surgery that you are advised to have. Your private hip surgery at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham could include any of the following operations:
If you are advised to have a total hip replacement operation, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will first create an incision around the side of your hip. The ball at the top of your femur (thighbone) will be removed and your acetabulum (the socket in your pelvis) hollowed out and replaced with an artificial socket. A metal shaft (stem) that is attached to a ball is then placed into the hollow of your femur. This metal stem and ball will fit into the new socket in your pelvis to form your hip joint.
During a hemiarthroplasty, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will use an incision in your hip to remove and replace your femoral head (the ball at the top of your femur) with a prosthesis. It can be performed to treat an intracapsular fracture, which is a fracture (a break or crack) inside the socket of your joint.
Your artificial implant or prosthesis in a partial or total hip replacement operation could be formed of ceramic, plastic, metal, or a combination of these materials. This prosthesis might be covered in a special coating to allow it to fuse to your bone or it might be held in place using bone cement, which is often made of synthetic resin.
Your Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham will perform your arthroscopy by making two to four incisions around your hip joint. An arthroscope (a thin tube with a camera) is passed through one of these incisions to allow your Surgeon to view the inside of your joint on a video monitor. Specialised surgical instruments can then be passed into your other incisions to perform your arthroscopic hip surgery. This could include reshaping your acetabulum (socket) and femoral head (the ball at the top your femur or thigh bone), removing any loose cartilage or bone in your joint, or repairing any tears in your labrum (the cartilage around your socket).
If you have undergone hip replacement surgery, your prosthesis may eventually need to be replaced. This treatment is carried out through a hip revision operation, in which your Surgeon will first make an incision on the side of your hip to remove your prosthesis. A bone graft (a section of bone from another part of your body or a donor) could be used to replace any lost bone. Your new prosthesis will then be inserted and secured to the bones that form your joint with bone cement or special coatings that allow it to fuse to your bone.
After your operation at The Priory in Birmingham, your incision(s) will be closed with stitches and a dressing will be placed over your wounds. The duration of your hip operation will depend on the treatment that you require.
*The prices listed above include the cost of your initial consultation, treatment and post-discharge care at our hospital. However, these prices are only an estimate, and the final cost of your treatment will be confirmed in writing after your consultation. Further terms and conditions apply.
Your physiotherapy exercises after surgery could include circulation exercises, hip abduction exercises (where you will need to move the leg on the operated side of your hip outwards), or hip flexion exercises (which involve raising the leg on your operated side). As well as guiding you through these exercises, your Physiotherapist at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham could offer you crutches to assist with walking. They will show you how to put on your crutches and walk or climb any stairs with them.
You should be able to walk with the support of a walking aid within one to two days of your hip replacement surgery. However, it can take up to eight weeks to be able to walk independently and it will be around six weeks before you can drive.
You could be discharged from our hospital in Birmingham after three to five days. We actually encourage discharge as soon as it’s safe, because studies have shown that people recover better when they get back home as soon as possible.
It can take about a year for your body to become completely accustomed to your replacement and to feel the complete benefits of your operation.
If you have had a hip arthroscopy, you should be able to go home the following day. You could require crutches for the first couple of weeks following your operation.
But it can take around six to nine months to make a complete recovery.
After your hip revision surgery, you might need to stay at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham for about two to four days. You will also need to use a walking aid for around four to six weeks.
You will need to avoid driving for at least six weeks after your hip operation. Moreover, you will need to have complete control over your vehicle to meet the legal standards for driving.
Your return to work could take between six and 12 weeks. If your role is mainly sedentary (sitting down), you might be able to return to work sooner.
Your Orthopaedic Consultant at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham will explain when it is safe for you to drive again and resume working.
It is normal to have some bruising or swelling after surgery. If you have had an arthroscopy or replacement operation, it could take up to three months for any swelling to settle.
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Start your treatment for hip pain at The Priory Hospital in Birmingham by booking your consultation online or submitting an online enquiry. You can also speak to one of our friendly advisors by calling a member of our team on 0121 4402323.