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Hip Replacement

Hip replacement surgery is a very common procedure and is predominantly carried out when the hip joint is worn, damaged or weakened.

Prior to any surgical procedure your consultant will attempt other non surgical avenues such as injections or pain relief to try and alleviate the problem, however when the pain can no longer be managed by these techniques surgery is the favoured option.

Surgery is carried out in most cases under general anaesthetic and takes approximately an hour and a half.

A cut will initially be made in the side of your hip and the damaged ball and socket joint removed. The ball and socket will then be replaced with an artificial replacement made from metal, plastic or ceramic or indeed a combination of these materials. An acrylic cement or special coating is then used on the replacement to bond it directly to the bone.

You will stay in the hospital for a period of between two and five days to allow the new joint to settle. It is also likely that crutches or a walking stick will be required for a period of weeks after the procedure.

Most people make a good recovery, have less pain and can move about better. An artificial hip never feels quite the same as a normal hip and it is important to look after it in the long term. A hip replacement can wear out with time.

We advise that you discuss any questions you may have with your consultant prior to any procedure. Once able, it is important to maintain regular exercise to aid the recovery process.

This procedure will normally be covered by your medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with their provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551