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.
patients also benefit from our Premium Care package to ensure
their stay with us is as comfortable and stress free as
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.