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Hip Surgery

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The hip joint is one of your body’s largest weight-bearing joints and also one of your most flexible joints. It allows you to walk, run and jump. Two main parts form this ball and socket joint; the femoral head (ball-shaped bone at the top of your thigh bone) and the acetabulum (socket on your pelvis that the femoral head fits into). Muscles, ligaments and cartilage surround the hip and offer support and enable movement.

Your hip is susceptible to general wear and tear, damage and injuries as well as conditions including arthritis, bone diseases and bone abnormalities. All of which can cause serious pain.

Our expert hip consultants have vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of degenerative hip conditions and injuries of the hip.  They are supported by the use of a full range of diagnostic tools including MRI scanning, X-rays and ultrasound and a team of musculoskeletal physiotherapists to help you return to full mobility as quickly as possible.

The range of hip surgeries we offer

Hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement is one of the most common procedures performed for persistent hip pain and problems with everyday activities such as walking, getting dressed and driving. Hip pain can develop for several reasons including: osteoarthritis (the cartilage inside your hip joint becomes worn away causing the bones to rub against each other), rheumatoid arthritis (the immune system mistakenly attacking the lining of your hip joint), a hip injury or a fracture after a fall.

Hip replacement surgery involves replacing a damaged or worn hip joint with an artificial hip joint called a prosthesis that can be metal, ceramic or plastic. The aim of a hip replacement is to provide long term pain relief, improved function of your hip and your ability to move around and, a better quality of life.

Hip arthroscopy

If your hip pain doesn’t respond to non-surgical treatment such as rest, physiotherapy, medications and injections, your hip specialist may recommend a hip arthroscopy.Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that allows your hip specialist to see inside your hip joint using an arthroscope (a small, thin camera) that is inserted into your hip joint through a small incision.

Often a surgical procedure will be performed at the same time to treat your hip problem. During a hip arthroscopy, loose bodies, bony spurs and synovium (joint lining) can be removed from your joint as well as the repair of labral (cartilage) tears.

Hip revision

Hip replacements don’t last forever and sometimes a further artificial hip may be needed when the first one shows significant signs of wear and tear or if you have an accident or fall that’s causes a fracture or dislocation of your hip. Once performed you should be able to resume your normal daily activities.

Hip block injection

If your hip problem symptoms aren’t severe enough to require a hip replacement surgery then hip block injection may be recommended. For example in early osteoarthritis you may experience some discomfort and minor pain and your hip consultant may suggest a hip block injection to relieve the pain. A hip block is also used to identify the source of your pain before other stages of surgery.

Hip block is an injection into your hip joint performed under X-ray guidance and contains local anaesthetic and a steroid to ease your pain. 

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