Metal hip replacements

Metal-on-plastic hip replacements have been around for many years and are still used for most NHS hip replacements today.
  • Cost-effective with reliable outcomes
  • A long track record for safety and lifespan
  • Durable and suitable for most activities

Tried and trusted results

During a hip replacement, Mr Shah will replace your damaged hip joint with an artificial ball and socket. The bearing surface of this ball and socket can be made from several different materials. Metal hip replacements have a long history of providing reliable outcomes. A metal ball combined with a plastic (polyethylene) cup provides a durable implant that can withstand most lifestyles and activities.
To avoid or delay revision surgery, we usually recommend metal implants to less active patients who are unlikely to wear down their prosthesis.

Who can benefit from a metal-on-plastic hip replacement

The downside of a metal-on-plastic implant is that over time the metal ball gradually wears down the plastic lining. This can cause the plastic to disintegrate and shed particles of polyethylene.

Your body identifies these particles as foreign objects and attacks them, leading to pain and inflammation. Eventually, your implant will need replacing, and you’ll need a second operation known as hip revision surgery.

I now feel three inches taller

My recovery time was surprisingly quick with little pain. I now feel three inches taller I stand upright I can bend much easier and I can walk forever. Life is good! Many thanks to Mr Shah and his team.

Alternatives to a metal hip replacement

A longer-lasting alternative to a metal hip replacement is a ceramic hip replacement, which features a ceramic ball and socket. It has a much lower wear rate and depending on your age and lifestyle, your new hip could last a lifetime.

During your consultation, Mr Nirav Shah will go through your implant choices in detail and recommend the prosthesis that’s best suited to your lifestyle.

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Frequently asked questions

How long does a metal hip replacement last?

A metal-on-plastic implant should last at least 15 years. A ceramic hip replacement provides a longer-lasting alternative. Learn more

How long does the procedure take?

A hip replacement usually takes 1–2 hours to complete. You’ll be under the care of an anaesthetist who will make sure you’re comfortable during and after your operation.

How long does it take to recover from a hip replacement?

It will take months for you to make a full recovery, but you’ll start to see and feel an improvement much sooner. Most patients are walking without support within 4–6 weeks.

Will my new hip feel different?

It’s hard to believe that a metal or ceramic prosthesis could feel or function like a natural hip joint, but most patients can’t tell the difference.