If your hip joint is severely damaged and non-invasive alternatives have been unsuccessful, then hip replacement surgery can reduce pain and help you to be more mobile.
During the operation, which uses one of several anaesthetic techniques and normally takes between 60 and 90 minutes, your damaged joint will be removed through a cut in your side and replaced with an artificial one. Your new hip may be made from metal, plastic or ceramic, and may be secured with acrylic cement or a special covering.
After the operation, it is normal to stay in hospital for 3-5 nights, and you may need to use sticks or crutches for the next few weeks. Exercise and physiotherapy will help you to recover as quickly as possible, but do check with your consultant.
This type of surgery experiences good success rates, and you should expect to feel less pain and enjoy better movement once you have recovered from the operation. However, you should still take care of your new hip because, like real hips, they will eventually show signs of wear and tear.
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The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.
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