Hip pain is not uncommon as we get older. Often, it can be dealt with by over-the counter painkillers but sometimes it is a sign that the hip joint is beginning to wear out.
Diseases such as osteoarthritis can mean you experience pain and stiffness in the hip, and are less mobile, making it harder to do everyday things such as golf or housework.
For many people hip problems may be minor and can be eased with the help of medications. They may also be offered steroid injections into the hip.
But for some people, the problems may be enough to make them think about a hip replacement as they may suffer from severe pain or find their quality of life is being affected. Many people a year in the UK have hip replacement surgery where the ball and socket joint in the hip is replaced with an artificial joint, known as a prosthesis.
Hip replacement operation
A hip replacement operation - known as an arthroplasty - usually involves several days in hospital, physiotherapy and exercises after the operation and a period of recovery and recuperation before you can get back to normal life. But some patients find their life is transformed as they regain their mobility and independence. Replacement hips typically last for 20 to 30 years; they were once only routinely offered to older people, but are now being used for much younger, more active patients.
If you are experiencing pain in your hips, the first person to talk to is your GP. They will be able to advise you whether a hip replacement is likely to be a treatment option and will recommend referral to a consultant.
Ramsay Health Care has a wealth of experience in delivering high quality hip replacements throughout its private hospitals, carried out by experienced consultant surgeons.
Our private patients also benefit from our Premium Care package to ensure their stay with us is as comfortable and stress free as possible.
Contact your local Ramsay hospital to book an appointment or for more information. Treatment may be covered by medical insurance and self pay packages are available on request.
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