Do I need a hip replacement?
Hip replacement surgery may be suggested for arthritis of the hip joint, though not everyone with hip arthritis will need surgery. It may also be needed if you have a hip fracture. Read more
What are the possible advantages of a hip replacement?
Freedom from pain and improved mobility are the main advantages of hip replacement surgery. Read more
What are the possible disadvantages of a hip replacement?
An artificial hip does have some limitations compared to a natural hip, and the outcomes of surgery can vary from person to person. Read more
What are the different types of hip replacement surgery?
The two main types of hip replacement are total hip replacement and hip resurfacing, but there are also a number of different types of component that can be used. Read more
How should I prepare for hip replacement surgery?
Most hospitals will invite you to a pre-admission clinic and you should take this opportunity to ask any questions you still have and ask advice on how you will manage when you return home after your operation. Read more
What will my recovery from hip replacement surgery involve?
The process of recovery varies from person to person. Most people are ready to leave hospital within about a week. You will need pain relief initially and you will need physiotherapy to help you get back to normal. Read more
Looking after your new hip joint
You'll need to take care with certain movements for the first few months to avoid dislocating your new hip, but you should keep up your exercises to strengthen your muscles. Read more
What about exercise following a hip replacement?
Regular exercise is important, but you should seek expert advice if your preferred sports involve sudden turns or impacts. Read more
What are the possible complications of hip replacement surgery?
All surgery carries some risk of complications. In the case of hip replacement, these include blood clots or bleeding from the wound, dislocation, wear or loosening of the new joint, infection and nerve damage. Read more
How long will the new hip joint last?
This varies, but around 80% of cemented hips last for 20 years. Repeat hip replacements are possible if needed although these aren't usually as successful as the original operation. Read more
Research and new developments for hip replacement surgery
Newer techniques include minimally invasive surgery, which causes less tissue damage. Research into which implants work best for which patients is ongoing, based on data from the National Joint Registry. Read more