Hip replacement is a highly successful operation, with more than 95% of patients expressing satisfaction once rehabilitated.
Although frequently performed, it is only natural to have anxieties about a major operation.
ABOUT HIP REPLACEMENT
The commonest reasons to replace a joint are to alleviate symptoms affecting a person during their activities of daily living such as pain and loss of function.
Commonly pain is caused by osteoarthritis, which is often described as a degenerative wear and tear condition. When performed well, a hip replacement lasts for many years and provides a very high level of satisfaction for patients.
Patients now commonly attend hospital for surgery on the same day as the procedure. This allows you to remain in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home helping to reduce any anxiety. The anaesthetic is administered in a room adjacent to the operating theatre. Your anaesthetist will discuss your options with you, which often include a general anaesthetic or a local / spinal anaesthetic.
ABOUT YOUR INITIAL VISIT
During the initial visit, your condition will be discussed in detail together with any past medical conditions. Often patients have questions, which we can go through with you. This is followed by a careful assessment of your condition, sometimes together with further investigations such as an Xray or scan. With this information you can be informed of the differing options for treatment which may include tablets, physiotherapy, injections or surgery.