Hip replacement surgery in Kent

As we get older, we may start to suffer from arthritis of the hip, affecting our mobility and causing pain or discomfort. It can affect sleep, work, ability to exercise and have a negative effect on how we feel, both physically and mentally. 

We’re one of the leading providers of private hip replacements in Kent and can offer you treatment in a clean and calm environment in the heart of the Wealden countryside. You’ll be supported by our experienced team of orthopaedic specialists and Physiotherapists to get back on your feet, fast.

Most patients return to a normal life following hip replacement surgery so, if you’re struggling to do the things you love, we can help.

How much does a hip replacement cost?

Our guide price is from £10,350

I have a question about hip replacement surgery

What is hip replacement surgery?

A hip replacement operation replaces your damaged hip joint with an artificial ball and socket joint implant to ease pain and discomfort and improve movement. The joint may be held in place within the existing bones, with or without the use of cement.

Bone cement is an epoxy resin which reinforces the fixations of the implant into the bone. It’s usually used for patients in their 70s and older who are more likely to suffer with weakness of the bone, known as osteoporosis.

In younger, stronger people an uncemented implant is generally used. This is usually coated with chemicals that allow the bone to grow into the implant itself and make it solid.

We pride ourselves on only using implants with an established track record of safety and have never used metal-on-metal implants.

What are the reasons for having a hip replacement?

There are several conditions or injuries that may result in the need for hip replacement surgery. One of the most common conditions is osteoarthritis of the hip. This leads to your hip joint becoming worn and causing significant pain, reducing your quality of life. That pain tends to occur in the front of your hip, in the groin - although it can radiate to the thigh and around the back into the buttock. The pain can also travel down your leg and into the knee. The pain can be constant and present, even if you’re not moving.

Alongside the pain, you can get other problems as well. Common symptoms include hip stiffness which can lead to reduced mobility, stopping you from doing even simple tasks such as getting down to tie your shoes and socks or cut your toenails. You may feel that you no longer trust your hip as it feels unstable.

But it’s unlikely that hip replacement surgery will be offered as a first response to pain and discomfort. Hip replacement surgery is usually offered when your pain can not be easily controlled by any other means.  Other hip treatments, such as steroid injections or physiotherapy, will be offered first.

If they don’t work for you, and hip pain is having a serious effect on your quality of life, a hip replacement may be the next step.

What happens at a hip replacement consultation?

Your Consultant will discuss your medical history, assess your range of movement and muscle strength, and look at images of the joint damage before recommending the best course of private treatment. They’ll usually only recommend hip replacement surgery after you’ve tried non-surgical treatments such as pain relief, physiotherapy and muscle strengthening.

If you’ve agreed that self-pay hip replacement surgery is the best treatment, your initial consultation might include tests and diagnostic imaging (x-rays or MRI scans). You might also have 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 join our Enhanced Recovery Programme.

Your Consultant may recommend that you start an exercise programme to strengthen your muscles around the hip joint and increase flexibility before surgery as this can benefit the recovery time after your operation.

What happens during hip replacement surgery?

On the day of your operation, you'll meet your Consultant and Anaesthetist, who’ll answer any questions you have before you're prepared for theatre.

Hip replacements are carried out under either a general anaesthetic or spinal anaesthesia. During spinal anaesthesia, the lower half of your body is numbed. However, you’ll be sedated as well so that you’re asleep during the procedure.

During this time, you’ll be given antibiotics to reduce the chances of infection and injections to prevent blood clotting.

The operation itself takes up to two hours. Our hip replacement surgery is performed by a highly skilled team of Orthopaedic Consultants. After surgery, we’ll move you to the recovery room for observation, until you’re ready to return to the ward where you’ll be cared for by our experienced nursing team.

Depending on the time of the operation, and as long as your legs are awake from the anaesthetic, we’ll try to get you up and about on the day of the operation. If you're walking on your new hip on day zero, you’ll feel confident that everything is strong and solid.

Your Consultant will advise when you can start your recovery with our expert Physiotherapy team.

Watch our video What to expect from hip replacement surgery.

How does the PENG Block anaesthetic help my recovery?

Your Anaesthetist will assess your suitability for the PENG Block; a new and innovative anaesthetic which reduces the need for strong painkillers after your surgery. They’ll consider whether a regional anaesthetic rather than a general anaesthetic is suitable for your pain relief - and whether you have enough help at home to support your recovery. This innovative technique is carried out by our anaesthetic specialists and is approved by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

We’re 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.

Find out more about anaesthetic services at Benenden Hospital.

What should I expect after private hip replacement surgery?

You’ll usually stay in hospital for up to two nights after hip replacement surgery, but this can vary from person to person.

Your recovery will vary depending on your general health and fitness, and the type of surgery you’ve had. 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.

While you’re in hospital, our physiotherapy team will visit you every day. They’ll help you regain mobility through carefully planned exercise.

We’ll send you home only when it's safe to do so and we’re happy that you're medically fit. Your Consultant will check your x-rays, blood tests and your wound. Our nursing staff will make sure that your pain is under control and that you're able to cope and look after yourself once you leave hospital. You’ll have to take precautions for around six weeks. Your Consultant will give you information on looking after your hip and it’s important to follow this advice.

When will I be able to drive again after hip replacement surgery?

There are no strict rules about driving after a hip replacement. However, you shouldn’t get back behind the wheel if you’re still taking strong painkillers.  Your consultant will advise you when it is safe to drive.

You also need to be able to get in and out of the car safely and be able to control the vehicle when you're in it. This depends which leg you've been operated on. You’ll need to apply the accelerator and the brake so, if you’ve had your right hip replaced, you shouldn't be driving until you can safely stamp on the brake and perform an emergency stop.

If your left hip has been replaced, and you drive an automatic car, the left leg shouldn’t move much, and you can drive with care following the advice of your Consultant.

When can I take part in sports activities like cycling or skiing after hip replacement?

With sports, moving about isn’t a problem, it’s the damage that could be caused by falling over during activity. You need to be confident you have the strength and musculature to be able to support yourself properly before resuming normal activities.

When can I get back to work following a hip replacement procedure?

Recovering from a major operation like a joint replacement takes time. If you try and force yourself back to work too soon, you may encounter problems. Your Consultant will give you an indication of how long you may be off work and you may want to speak with you Occupational Health department to discuss any adjustments to work that will help reduce the amount of time you are away from the workplace.

How long does a hip replacement last?

The lifespan of a hip replacement depends on how much force you put through it, but a modern hip replacement - using modern materials and put in properly - will last you for decades.

Mr Goddard and Mr Shrivastava

Watch our hip and knee replacement surgery webinar

If hip or knee pain is slowing you down, we can help. Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, Mr Richard Goddard and Mr Raj Shrivastava, explain how joint replacement surgery can get you back on your feet.

PENG block anaesthetic

A new way to help you recover quickly from hip surgery

We’re among the first private hospitals in the UK to offer tailored individual anaesthetic and pain control, thanks to local anaesthetic techniques such as a PENG Block at the end of surgery. This means you’re less likely to need strong pain relief after your operation and you may be able to go home sooner – often the day after surgery.

Our Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons

Mr Chipperfield

Alex Chipperfield

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Chipperfield's specialties include hip and knee replacement, revision hip and knee replacement, and more.

Mr Dunnet

William Dunnet

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Dunnet's specialties include knee surgery, hip revision surgery, hip surgery and lumbar spine disorders.

Mr Oliver

Matthew Oliver

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Oliver's specialties include patient specific knee replacement, enhanced recovery protocols and Dupuytrens disease.

Mr Reddy

Kumar Reddy

Associate Specialist Surgeon

Mr Reddy specialises in total hip and knee replacements, revision joint replacements, ACL reconstruction, and more.

Mr Shrivastava

Raj Shrivastava

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Shrivastava's specialties include knee surgery, hip revision surgery, hip surgery, lumbar spine disorders and more.

Mr Thakur

Raman Thakur

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Thakur's specialties include hip and knee replacement, ACL reconstruction and general orthopaedics.

Mr Omar Yanni

Omar Yanni

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Yanni's specialties include knee surgery, hip revision surgery, hip surgery, soft tissue injuries and arthroscopy.

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