Published on July 21st, 2019 | by The Town Crier0
Hip Replacement at The Horder Centre – A Local Centre of Excellence
The Horder Centre is a centre of excellence for hip and knee replacement located in St Johns Road, Crowborough. Rated as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC, we perform over 2000 hip and knee procedures every year and are able to provide services to NHS, self-pay and privately insured patients.
Hip replacement surgery can seem like a daunting prospect for some, so we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions around the procedure.
Why might a hip replacement be required?
The most common cause for a hip replacement stems from arthritic conditions affecting your mobility or causing deformity to the alignment of your joints. Unfortunately, these conditions usually tend to get worse with time so, if your pain and mobility has not improved through alternative treatments such as pain management, physiotherapy or steroid injection, your consultant may recommend a hip replacement procedure as the next step.
Other reasons for a hip replacement can include a hip fracture, which are mostly caused by a fall or injury but can also be a result of a long-term condition.
How long does a hip replacement take?
Your surgeon will make an incision on the side of your hip to remove the damaged ball and socket and insert an artificial joint made of metal, plastic, ceramic, or a combination of these materials. The implant is usually fixed onto the bone using an acrylic cement or special coatings that bond directly to the bone. The procedure usually takes 60 to 90 minutes.
How effective is a hip replacement?
Most patients experience a significant reduction in hip pain following a total hip replacement, allowing them to return to normal daily activities.
It is important to note that success and recovery will be different for everyone so, if you previously took part in active sports or endured heavy labour, you should follow the advice of your consultant on what level of activity you can undertake.
How long will a hip replacement last?
It used to be the case that a hip replacement wouldn’t be recommended for people under the age of around 60, as an artificial joint was better suited for individuals that were less active. However, modern hip replacements are generally better able to withstand strain today, thanks to advancements in technology, meaning that younger people are successfully undergoing replacement procedures.
The longevity of your hip replacement will depend on your activity levels, overall health and lifestyle factors such as your weight, but studies show that they can last more than 20 years.
How long does it take to recover from a hip replacement?
Recovery times vary from person to person, and your surgeon will be able to advise you on your recovery time. Following your treatment, it is important that you move around regularly to stimulate your mobility and reduce the stiffness you will be experiencing, but ensure you avoid any extreme movement, heavy lifting or twisting movements such as crossing your legs.
If you have any questions relating to your current condition please consult your GP.
For more information about hip replacement procedures at The Horder Centre please visit horderhealthcare.co.uk.