Hip replacement is the most successful joint replacement
performed. It is done for end stage arthritis in the hip where symptoms of hip
pain cause disability and loss of independence. A useful guide to hip symptoms
is the Oxford Hip Score.
Once conservative measures fail (painkillers, therapy), then
surgery is an option. Seeing a specialist will involve being examined and
X-rays or a MRI being performed. If joint preservation surgery is not
indicated, and the severity of symptoms warrant joint replacement surgery,
surgery is the best option. It involves a 2-3 day stay in hospital, and is
performed under regional anaesthesia (spinal). The operation itself takes
around 45 minutes and patients are mobile the day after surgery, full weight
can be put on the leg straight away. For detailed information and risks please
find the link here.
There have been a lot of news articles in the media recently
highlighting that joint replacements last a lot longer than previously
expected. Please find the link here.
Previously 10-15 years was the expected lifespan for a hip
or knee replacement, but analysis of joint registries has shown that over half
last longer than 20 years. This is reassuring for patients as they can have a
hip replacement in the knowledge that it will serve them well for many years to