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. 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?

You may consider having a hip replacement if your hip joint is worn and causing significant pain, reducing your quality of life. One of the most common conditions that leads to this type of hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis, although other conditions or injuries may also result in the need for hip surgery.

A worn hip joint is usually spotted through a range of symptoms of hip pain, including reduced mobility, which can stop you from doing even simple tasks. The pain can be constant and present, even if you’re not moving.

But it’s unlikely that hip replacement surgery will be offered as a first response to pain and discomfort. Other hip treatments, such as steroid injections or physiotherapy, will be offered first and, if they don’t work for you, 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.

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 a hip replacement procedure?

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. Your surgeon will give you information on looking after your hip and it’s important to follow this advice. We’ll only let you leave hospital once we're happy that it’s safe for you to do so.

Your recovery will vary depending on your general health and fitness, and the type of surgery you’ve had. You may even be able to walk the same day as your operation. Some orthopaedic specialists, including at Benenden Hospital, run rapid recovery programmes or hip replacement day surgery where you could be back on your feet and walking just a couple of hours post-surgery. But in most cases, you can expect to be in the hospital for approximately three days.

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.

Hip replacement surgery success stories

Successful hip replacement surgery for Rose Santer
Rosalind Thompson's hip replacement surgery
Anne Forbes' successful hip replacement

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