The prospect of a hip replacement can bring with it associations of an invasive procedure with a lengthy recovery and restricted mobility. You’ll be pleased to hear that for many this is not the case; surgical techniques have advanced dramatically in recent years, and hip replacements are now giving patients of all ages a new lease of life.
Mr Nirav Shah performs over 400 hip replacements every year and is highly experienced in the latest techniques and implants.
Hip replacements involve replacing a damaged hip joint with an artificial joint, providing long-lasting relief from conditions such as arthritis, sports injuries and fractures.
Once, a hip replacement was considered a last resort, and only recommended when other less invasive treatments had failed. Now, thanks to longer-lasting implants and less invasive techniques, hip replacements can provide an effective solution from the get-go for patients of all ages.
Types of hip replacement
There are several different types of implant that we can use for your hip replacement, and the right prosthesis for you will depend on your lifestyle. During your consultation, Mr Shah will discuss your options with you and recommend the implant that will give you the best long-term result.
Ceramic-on-ceramic hip replacements
Metal-on-plastic hip replacements
Less invasive hip replacement
Mr Shah uses a less invasive technique when carrying out hip replacements, this involves making a smaller than usual incision. The benefits of this include a smaller scar, less discomfort following your operation and a shorter recovery time.
A hip replacement is normally carried out under spinal anaesthesia combined with sedation, avoiding the need for a general anaesthetic while ensuring you are completely at ease throughout your surgery.
During your hip replacement surgery, Mr Shah will remove the damaged cartilage in your hip and replace it with an artificial joint. The operation usually takes just 60-80 minutes to complete.
Your implant can either be cemented or uncemented. We prefer to use an uncemented implant, where instead of using an acrylic cement to fix your prosthesis in place, your implant is designed to integrate with your bone, creating a natural bond.
Following your hip replacement surgery, you will need to stay in hospital for 2-3 nights, so we can make sure you are confident on your new hip before going home. Some of our patients are back to their normal routine within just a few days of their hip replacement. In most cases you can expect to resume typical daily activities such as work and driving within a few weeks.
Physiotherapy will help you to build strength in your hip during your recovery, and make sure you’re moving it in the right way. You’ll be provided with two physiotherapy sessions to get you started, then we can recommend a local physiotherapist to continue working with you at home. It won’t be long until you’re making the most of your new hip, and we’re always delighted to hear from patients who are off skiing and horse riding just months after their hip replacement.
Aftercare is an important part of any procedure, and we’ll provide you with detailed advice before your operation. We’ll always be here to help if you have any questions along the way, and we’ll even give you an emergency contact number, so you can get in touch at any time.