Common Hip treatments/procedures performed

  • Hip replacement
  • Hip resurfacing
  • Revision hip surgery
  • Injections in and around the hip

Do I need hip surgery?
The only way to know for sure if you need hip surgery is to have a consultation with an experienced hip surgeon, who will be able to examine you, review up to date X-rays of your hips and advise you on appropriate treatment.

People tend to need hip surgery because the hip joint has been damaged by arthritis – usually osteoarthritis but sometimes other types, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

When your hip is arthritic and painful, the options for treatment other than surgery are fairly limited.

Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs can help for a while but the side effects are often unpleasant. Sometimes an injection of local anaesthetic and steroid will relieve severe symptoms for a few months. With time the hip may stiffen and become less painful, but it may collapse causing the leg to shorten, making surgery more complicated.

If the pain is getting worse and is affecting your mobility, then you might wish to consider having hip surgery.


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Hip arthritis

Your Consultant will talk you through the issues and will try all other appropriate measures before recommending surgery, and of course, as the patient you will have the final say. You will need to consider both the risks and benefits of the treatments available.

The main benefits of surgery are less pain, more mobility and improved quality of life. There are risks involved in any major surgery, but they are infrequent. If you do need surgery, it’s worth knowing that hip replacement is one of the most successful operations in the history of orthopaedic surgery. Many thousands of hip replacements are performed every year and the results are usually excellent. There is no age limit for hip surgery and the treatment is extremely effective in both young and old patients.

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