Hip replacement surgery replaces your damaged hip joint with an artificial joint to ease pain and discomfort, and improve movement and quality of life.
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A new way to recover quickly from hip surgery
A new anaesthetic allows you to get back on the road to recovery quickly. This may result in a shorter hospital stay of just one night and reduce the need for strong pain killers.
A new and NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) approved anaesthetic is being used at Benenden Hospital. This will mean you may only have to stay in hospital for one night instead of the usual two or three. Your Anaesthetist will assess your suitability for this new and innovative anaesthetic which may allow you to be up and on the road to recovery with our physiotherapy team the same day as your surgery. This can reduce your need for strong pain killers, so you should feel less drowsy. Plus, there will be no need to have a urinary catheter.
We’re one of the first private hospitals to utilise the Pericapsular Nerve Group (PENG) Block anaesthetic for hip replacement surgery. The innovative technique carried out by our anaesthetic specialists, is safe, effective and provides relief from post-operative pain.
Benenden Hospital is the first private hospital in the UK to be nationally accredited by the Royal College of Anaesthetists in providing the highest standards of care to patients in anaesthesia.
Hip replacement surgery replaces your damaged hip joint with an artificial ball and socket joint implant to ease pain and discomfort and improve movement and quality of life.
Total hip replacement replaces the upper end of the femur (thigh bone) with a new ball (typically metal or ceramic). The socket section is then resurfaced with a plastic (polyethylene) lined metal cup. The joint may be held in place within the existing bones with or without the use of cement.
A total hip replacement can make a huge difference to your quality of life, giving 90% of patients a normal life, free from pain.
Hip replacement surgery is a long-term solution; a cemented hip replacement usually lasts for at least ten years and artificial joints that are fixed directly to the bone may last even longer. We pride ourselves on only using implants with an established track record of safety and have never used metal-on-metal implants.
Hip replacement (arthroplasty) is usually only recommended after non-surgical treatments such as pain relief, physiotherapy and muscle strengthening have been tried.
Osteoarthritis of the hip is the most common reason for a hip replacement. It tends to affect middle aged or older people, with symptoms including loss of movement and mobility with either mild pain or severe discomfort.
You may be suffering severe pain, reduced mobility, and difficulty sleeping and working due to osteoarthritis of the hip.
When non-invasive methods to control pain and help movement are no longer effective a total hip replacement may be considered. Your consultant will discuss your medical history, assess your range of movement and muscle strength, and look at X-rays of the damage within the joint before recommending the best course of treatment
Your initial consultation will, where possible, include tests and diagnostic imaging (X-rays or MRI scans) and an assessment of your fitness for anaesthesia on the same day, to reduce the number of visits you need to make to the Hospital. You'll also be entered into our Rapid Recovery Programme.
It may be recommended that you start an exercise programme to strengthen your muscles around the joint and increase flexibility before surgery as this can benefit the recovery time after your operation.
On the day of your surgery, you'll meet your consultant and anaesthetist before you're prepared for theatre. Our hip replacement surgery is performed by a highly skilled team of consultants. The operation itself takes up to two hours, after which you’ll be taken to the recovery room where you’ll be observed until you’re fit to return to the ward.
Your recovery in hospital usually takes around three days and nights and is managed by a highly skilled team of nurses. Our new anaesthetic enables some patients to be discharged safely after just one overnight stay. This is possible if the consultant feels it is appropriate and if the surgical and support team are able to use local anaesthetic for pain relief rather than a general anaesthetic and if a patient has sufficient support in place at home to aid their recovery. While you are in hospital you’ll be visited every day by the physiotherapy team who’ll help you regain mobility through carefully planned exercise. Your hip will be tender and painful at first and you may also have a swollen knee or ankle for a few months as well as bruising.
We’ll only let you leave hospital once we're happy that it’s safe for you to do so.
Recovery times will vary depending on the general health and fitness of the individual patient and the type of surgery carried out.
Your surgeon will give you information on looking after your hip and it’s important to follow this advice. During your time at Benenden Hospital, a physiotherapist will teach you exercises to help strengthen the hip and explain what you should and shouldn’t do after the operation.
What to expect from hip replacement surgery
Find out more about your journey at Benenden Hospital during your hip replacement surgery.