Considering a Hip Replacement?
A hip replacement is a surgical procedure, which involves replacing the head (top) of your femur (leg bone) with a metal implant. In most cases, the goal of the replacement is to reduce the amount of pain experienced around the hip.
The most common indication for needing a hip replacement is a combination of Osteoarthritis and pain. But having Osteoarthritis, doesn't automatically mean you need a hip replacement. In most cases, Osteoarthritis can be managed with exercise, activity modification and perhaps medication. When the pain is significantly impacting upon your lifestyle that surgery might be an option.
Did you know?
Research has shown that 10% reduction in body weight has been shown to help reduce hip pain by
Did you know?
Smoking significantly increases the time it takes for your body to heal and recover after an operation. It also make us more sensitive to pain.
Did you know?
In most cases, the pain we experience from Osteoarthritis does not mean we are causing harm or making it worse.
Advice from a Hip Consultant
Building Strength Pre-Op
Frequently asked questions
When can I drive?
Most people will be able to return to driving after 6 weeks. You will need to be able to safely control the car and inform your insurance company of your surgery. Discuss this with your Dr or rehab team.
How painful is the surgery?
Everyone experiences pain differently. Try not to compare to other people. It is important to take the medication given to you by the hospital. This may be required for 6-8 weeks.
How long does recovery take?
The human body takes between 6-12 weeks to heal. However recovery can take much longer than that. Some surgery can take 12 to 18 months to reach its full potential.
Do I need any equipment?
The hospital will provide any specialist equipment you may need. It's a good idea to prepare as much as you can at home before the surgery. Do you need to move a bed downstairs? Which toilet will you use?
If you are unsure, an Occupational Therapist will be able to help.
How long will I be in hospital for?
If the surgery goes as planned, you can expect to be in hospital for 1 night. You will be expected to attend hospital at a later date for Physiotherapy.
Can I still fly after my operation?
How long you need to wait until you can fly again depends on a variety of factors. Discuss this with your Surgeon.
How will I cope at home?
It's a good idea to tell your friends and family about your planned surgery. They may be able to help you in the 3-4 weeks after your surgery. You could also freeze meals before to save cooking. If you have concerns about coping at home, speak to the ward staff whilst in hospital.
What should I bring to hospital?
You will need clothing for at least 1 over night stay. Loose fitting clothing is ideal. Being able to wear your own clothes can make a big difference to how you feel.
Leave expensive personal items or jewellery at home