A hip replacement is a common and highly effective surgery that involves inserting a new artificial hip joint to replace a damaged or worn away one. The aim of a hip replacement is to relieve hip pain, and improve hip function and your ability to move around.
What is a hip replacement?
Hip replacement, also known as hip arthroplasty, is a hip operation to replace the parts of a hip joint that have become damaged or worn out. The old joint is substituted with an artificial ball and socket hip joint.
The main advantages of a hip replacement are the freedom from pain and improved mobility. Both of which should improve your quality of life.
What does a traditional hip operation involve?
A traditional hip replacement is performed while you are asleep under general anaesthetic or sedated under spinal anaesthesia. Your anaesthetist will discuss this with you before surgery.
Hip replacement surgery usually takes about an hour, and requires a stay in a hospital.
During traditional hip replacement surgery, your surgeon makes a large cut, about 20 to 30 cm long, over your hip and thigh and cuts muscles, tendons and ligaments to get to your hip joint.
The ball at the top of your thigh bone is removed and a replacement ball is inserted into your thigh bone. Your hip socket is hollowed out and the artificial socket placed into it. Your surgeon then fits the ball into the socket.
Finally, your surgeon closes the cut in your skin and covers it with a dressing.
What is anterior muscle sparing hip replacement surgery?
Anterior muscle sparing hip replacement surgery, also known as anterior minimally invasive muscle sparing (AMIS) surgery, is an innovative minimally invasive hip replacement technique.
This quicker procedure is also usually performed under general anaesthetic. It involves making one or two small cuts in the front of your hip instead of one longer cut. Your surgeon gains access to your hip joint from the front of your hip, without cutting or injuring your muscle or other soft tissues.
The benefits of anterior muscle sparing hip replacement surgery include: rapid rehabilitation and recovery with shorter hospital stays, minimal post-operative pain, no soft tissue damage, smaller cuts with less scarring, reduced blood loss, and a faster return to normal daily activities.
We are proud to offer anterior muscle sparing surgery at Winfield Hospital.
Hip replacement recovery
Traditional hip replacement recovery
Following traditional hip surgery, most patients can expect to stay in hospital for three to five days, depending on their recovery progress. You will be up and walking about as quickly as possible after your hip operation.
You will see one of our proficient physiotherapists during your post-operative stay in hospital, and typically after you have left hospital. Your physiotherapist will give you advice and exercises to build movement and strength in your hip and will help you recover more quickly, so it’s important that you do them.
You may need to use crutches or walking sticks for a while. Your physiotherapist will provide you with crutches and show you how to use them.
It is advised that you continue to build up the duration and distance of your walking over time. Two weeks post-op you should be able to swim or static cycle too.
Your recovery is individual to you and will depend on a number of factors including your age, your general fitness, the condition of your joints and muscles, as well as if you have kept to your post-op advice.
At six weeks, most patients are able to return to work and drive again. This will depend on your recovery and how physically demanding your job is. For example, a person whose job involves a lot of heavy lifting, or standing up for long periods of time, or lots of walking, will go back to work later that a person with an office job.
Your hip consultant will check on your recovery progress at your follow up appointment.
At 12 weeks you can expect to be back to your normal activities and enjoy less pain, whilst being able to move about better. If you play golf or tennis you may now return to these. If you enjoy high-impact sports or those with a risk of falling your surgeon will discuss if they will be possible.
Anterior muscle sparing hip replacement recovery
Hip replacement surgery continues to advance and bring shorter recovery times and less post-surgery discomfort.
After anterior muscle sparing hip replacement surgery, a patient’s average hospital stay is 48 to 72 hours. You will typically be out of bed and walking within two to four hours after surgery.
You can expect to get back to your everyday activities, such as driving and returning to work, within two to four weeks.
Hip replacement cost
Most medical insurance policies cover hip replacement surgery. You should check directly with your insurance provider and obtain written confirmation from them, before starting treatment.
If you are self-paying then we offer a number of options including our All-inclusive TotalCare™, pay-as-you-go, and interest-free finance plans.
Our hip replacement guide cost starts from £10,761. With All-inclusive TotalCare™, you pay this single one-off payment for direct access to all the hip replacement treatment you need to provide complete reassurance.
This guide package price includes: pre-operation diagnostic tests (typically excluding a standard X-ray), consultant fees while you are in hospital, your hospital accommodation, physiotherapy sessions and unlimited aftercare for sixty days after you leave hospital.
We offer guide package prices for "cemented", "uncemented" and "ceramic" hip replacements with incremental costs.
Hip Replacement with Winfield Hospital
Winfield Hospital works in partnership with a number of highly experienced and passionate hip surgeons and strives to give patients the best care to improve their mobility and decrease their hip pain.
Our hip surgeons use the latest minimally invasive hip replacement techniques, including anterior muscle sparing hip replacement surgery, to ensure patients can return to their normal activities as quickly as possible after their operation.
We offer convenient appointments for rapid access to hip problem diagnosis and its treatment. We understand the support required throughout a patient’s recovery from a hip replacement and offer unlimited aftercare for sixty days following discharge from hospital in our TotalCare™ packages for peace of mind.
There are three fully equipped theatres at Winfield Hospital, with ultra clean air technology, which are particularly suitable for orthopaedic procedures such as hip replacement.
Whilst in hospital patients can enjoy freshly-prepared meals served in their rooms, a direct dial telephone, flat screen Freeview TV and radio. We also have free car parking.
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