Your hip carries the majority of your body’s weight whilst also helping your mobility. It’s composed of a ball and a socket, muscles, ligaments and cartilage.
Often hip pain is caused by osteoporosis which weakens your bones and makes them more likely to fracture or break if you have a fall or sporting injury. Hip pain can be excruciating and also debilitating as you use your hip when walking.
Here at New Hall Hospital we are pleased to provide expert hip care. Our highly skilled hip surgeons will diagnose and treat patients with hip problems to relieve their pain and improve their quality of life. They are supported by an expert multi-disciplinary team of clinical specialists, first-class diagnostic equipment and a comprehensive physiotherapy service.
The hip surgeries we perform include: hip replacement, hip resurfacing, hip arthroscopy and hip revision.
The range of hip surgeries we offer
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose hip conditions. It involves inserting a tiny camera and light source into your hip so that your surgeon can see inside.
During the hip arthroscopy once diagnosis has been made your surgeon may decide to also treat your hip problem at the same time. They may repair a labral tear or remove loose bodies of cartilage that can become caught within the hip during movements and cause pain.
Hip replacement surgery
If you’re suffering from persistent hip pain that’s restricting your day to day activities, it may be time for a hip replacement. It might be that your hip joint has become worn or damaged due to osteoporosis or an injury like a hip fracture and this is causing pain.
The main types of hip replacement are:
- total hip replacement
With a total hip replacement, both the head of your thighbone (femoral head) and the socket (acetabulum) are replaced with a prosthetic hip joint that’s made of metal, ceramic or plastic. A total hip replacement provides a new hip that functions well, making moving about easier and is pain free.
- Hip resurfacing
If you have hip resurfacing the femoral head will be trimmed and capped with a prosthetic covering. The socket will be replaced with artificial materials as in a traditional total hip replacement.
Hip replacements generally last between ten and twenty years. The length of time they last will depend upon the amount of use they get as well as the type of use. If you fall or have an accident, then this might cause damage to your hip replacement joint too.
Hip revision surgery can repair or replace part or all of your artificial hip joint, that’s been worn or loosened over time or damaged, with a new one. This revision surgery is often more challenging than the original hip replacement surgery. It has the same goals as the initial surgery: to offer pain relief and increase your mobility.
Hip block injection
Hip surgeons may recommend the use of hip block injections to either treat your pain or to find out its source.
If you’re experiencing enduring pain in your hip but your surgeon doesn’t think that your hip joint is damaged enough to have surgery, then it’s likely they’ll recommend a hip block injection. Hip blocks contain local anaesthetic and a steroid. They offer fast pain relief and reduce inflammation. X-ray guidance is used to inject a hip block into your hip joint. They are administered only a few times and if after that you’re still bearing a lot of pain then surgery will be required.
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