Hip Replacements at Oaks Hospital
If you suffer from severe pain or find your quality of life is being affected when hip problems have become unmanageable, it may be time to consider a hip replacement. At the Oaks Hospital we can offer you care and support, from the diagnosis of your hip problem through to treatment and rehabilitation. You will have access to the services of a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who is supported by nursing staff dedicated to providing focused and individual attention and the highest possible standards of care during and after the surgery.
When would a hip replacement be recommended?
Hip pain is not uncommon as we get older. For many people a hip problem may be minor and 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, rheumatoid arthritis or previous hip injuries can mean you experience pain and stiffness in the joint, and are less mobile, making it harder to perform everyday activities. Hip replacement surgery is usually undertaken when simple measures such as medication, walking aids and physiotherapy cease to control the symptoms.
What is a hip replacement and how long is the recovery?
The ball and socket joint of the hip is replaced with a new, artificial joint which will be discussed thoroughly with your consultant. They will explain advantages and disadvantages of the different types of replacement joint available and recommend the best one for you.
The procedure usually involves several days in hospital, physiotherapy and exercises after the operation and a period of recovery and recuperation to get back to normal life. It is usual for walking aids such as crutches or sticks to be used for a few weeks. You will stay with us in hospital until you are able to walk safely with aid of a frame or crutches. Physiotherapists will work with you to improve strength, endurance and build your confidence. Once both your consultant surgeon and physiotherapist are happy with your progress you will be discharged.
Benefits of hip replacement
Some patients find their life is transformed as they regain their mobility and independence following their a hip replacement. They were once only routinely offered to older people, but are now being used for much younger, more active patients. Overall hip replacement surgery is a very successful procedure with most patients experiencing relief from pain and a return to their previous lifestyle. The degree to which mobility improves depends on several factors such as the individual patient, the condition of the joint before the operation and how strong the surrounding muscles are. Many people a year in the UK have the procedure with advances in technology and modern anaesthetic and pain control techniques enabling most patients to recover quickly and return home within days.
Speak to your GP who will be able to advise you on whether a hip replacement is likely to be a treatment option and can recommend referral to a consultant if you are experiencing pain in your hips.
How do I access hip surgery at Oaks Hospital?
Please contact our Hospital Services Advisors now if you would like to find out more about hip replacements and orthopaedic services at the Oaks Hospital, or to book an appointment. Competitive self pay package prices are available on request. Telephone 01206 987669 or fill out the online form.
Oaks Hospital has a wealth of experience in delivering high quality hip replacements carried out by experienced consultant surgeons. As a private patient, you would benefit from our Premium Care package to ensure your stay with us is as comfortable and stress free as possible.