Learn more about hip replacements at King Edward VII’s Hospital
We know living with hip pain can be painful experience that stops you living life to the full. Here you can find out more about our London hip replacement specialists and find out if this treatment is the right option for you. On this page King Edward VII’s Hospital London hip replacement consultants answer your questions about the procedure.
If you choose to have your treatment with us you can be rest assured you’ll receive the best possible care. As part of our wrap around care before, during and after your hip replacement you’ll be able to access Joint School where you’ll have dedicated 1 on 1 time with a team of clinical nurse specialists and physiotherapist. This dedicated service will give you the ability to get personalised advice to enhance your healing journey and get back to feeling like yourself again quicker. Find out more.
Why would I need hip replacement surgery?
People who require hip replacement surgery most often suffer from osteoarthritis, but there are other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, bone dysplasias, and hip fractures, that might necessitate the need for this procedure.
What symptoms does hip replacement surgery address?
Hip replacement surgery gives excellent pain relief, and in most cases will improve the range of movement in the joint. Most people will experience a significant improvement in their quality of life, and some will even return to sports such as golf, tennis and swimming.
When should you speak to your specialist about hip replacement surgery?
If you are experiencing extreme hip pain that makes it difficult to move or perform everyday activities and alternative treatments have not helped, it might be time to consider speaking to your hip replacement specialist about the possibility of undergoing hip replacement surgery.
How is hip replacement surgery performed?
Hip replacement surgery takes approximately 90 minutes and you may be under general anaesthetic or have an epidural.
The hip replacement consultant surgeon will make an incision in your hip area and remove the damaged hip joint and replace it with a prosthetic one.
What is the recovery for hip replacement surgery?
Your recovery from hip replacement surgery can depend on multiple factors, including your age, fitness level, and the nature of your procedure.
Shortly after your surgery, medical nursing and physiotherapy staff will help you try to walk, often with crutches or a frame, and there might be some initial pain or discomfort. As your recovery continues, you might work with a physiotherapist on different exercises that will help with your hip’s strength and mobility.
You and your surgeon will decide upon your best recovery options after your surgery.
Are there any risks/complications associated with hip replacement surgery?
As with any medical procedure, it is possible for risks or complications to arise. It is best that you speak with your specialist or surgeon about how best to avoid any adverse reactions.
Hip replacement surgery has a relatively low risk of serious complications, but the most common risks and complications that have been associated with the procedure are:
- A dislocated hip
- An infection in the surgical wound
- Difference in the length of your legs
- Injury to blood vessels
- Nerve damage in the leg or bottom
- Hip fracture
- Loosening of your hip joint, which could require a further surgery
- DVT / PE
How can I prepare for hip replacement surgery?
Prior to hip replacement surgery you should discuss the preparations you should make with your surgeon, as there are several that could be suggested and they vary depending on the person.
Common preparations for hip replacement surgery include:
- Losing weight if you are overweight
- Remaining active and doing regular exercises
- Routine blood and urine tests, x-rays or ECGs, as ordered by your surgeon
Are there alternatives for hip replacement surgery?
There are both medical and non-medical alternatives for hip replacement surgery, including the following:
- Using over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Dietary supplements
- Using a walking stick
- Moderate regular exercise that can help reduce pain and stiffness
- Steroid injections into the hip joint
- Hip resurfacing