Hip replacement and revision surgery
At The London Clinic, our world leading surgeons offer the latest procedures and cutting-edge techniques in hip replacement. As part of your care package, we include rehabilitation and tailored treatments, to help you get back on your feet more quickly.
As a centre of excellence, we offer total hip replacement and revision surgery to restore impaired hip function, so you can get back to normal life.
Our expert orthopaedic surgeons may recommend surgery if you have severe pain, swelling, or stiffness, that’s preventing you from walking or enjoying normal activities.
Whether it’s the whole hip joint or just the surfaces that need replacing, we tailor the surgery to suit you.
After your consultation with your surgeon we will offer you an enhanced pre-assessment, including blood tests, CT scan or X-ray.
We can create a 3D print of your new hip implant, to ensure a perfect fit.
You’ll need to stay with us for two or three nights, while you recover from your surgery. Your dedicated care team will be on hand to look after you while you’re with us.
Our multidisciplinary team of specialist surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses are passionate about what they do and will always provide you with the best treatment plan.
Your recovery and wellbeing are right at the heart of your experience.
By choosing The London Clinic you’ll get a more complete, compassionate kind of care from pre-admission, right through to aftercare and follow up.
Contact us today to start your treatment journey and get back to living the life you love.
Why choose The London Clinic
Excellence in one place
We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.
Personal care, every time
Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.
We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
What's included in your package?
Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
Your treatment package will include:
- Enhanced pre-admission assessment
- Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
- Personalised aftercare and follow-up
We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.
How to pay
- You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
- You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
- If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis
Consultation and diagnosis
During your first consultation, your orthopaedic surgeon will make a detailed assessment of your health to work out the best treatment plan for you.
After a physical examination your surgeon may arrange a number of diagnostic tests including:
- Blood test
- CT scan
- MRI scan
Your surgeon will always take as much time as you need to answer all your questions and ensure you are properly prepared ahead of surgery.
You’ll have an enhanced pre-assessment appointment to review any test results and assess your general fitness for surgery. A 3D print of your hip may be created so your replacement joint fits perfectly.
The day of your operation
You’ll meet your care team who will prepare you for surgery and let you know exactly what to expect throughout the day. After your operation, your surgeon will check on you and discuss how to start your recovery.
Aftercare and follow-up
You’ll need to stay with us for 2 to 3 nights after the operation. A dedicated nurse will assist you during your stay and try to make you as comfortable as possible.
Once home, you’ll have a video check-up with a nurse to discuss your progress including any medications, such as pain relief.
You’ll come back to The London Clinic to have your follow-up appointment with your surgeon a few weeks after your surgery.
Hip replacement and resurfacing surgery is a treatment to resolve ongoing pain and discomfort in the hip joint, usually caused by damage to the end of the femur bone and hip socket.
Underlying conditions like arthritis or injury can cause damage, reduce movement and cause pain.
At The London Clinic, we offer several types of hip replacement surgery, depending on your age, fitness and lifestyle including:
- Traditional total hip replacement surgery
- Minimally invasive total hip replacement surgery
- Hip resurfacing surgery
Your surgeon will discuss which surgical technique is most suitable for you.
Total hip replacement surgery
With total hip replacement surgery, your surgeon replaces the ball and socket joint in your hip, with a new, artificial implant.
The surgery takes around 2 hours, under a general or local anaesthetic.
To begin, your surgeon will make a 10 to 30 cm incision (cut) in your thigh. They will then remove the end of your femur (thigh bone) and replace it with an artificial end (ball implant).
The ball implant is press-fitted into your thigh bone using a titanium stem, or glued on.
Your surgeon then press-fits a titanium socket into your hip cavity and covers it with a substance like polyethylene, for better movement and durability.
Your surgeon will remove the instruments and stitch your incisions closed. Then they will apply a dressing and bandage to your thigh.
When your care nurse is happy with your progress, we will take you back to your private suite to relax.
Hip resurfacing surgery
Instead of removing the head of the femur your surgeon resurfaces (caps) the existing femur bone and hip socket (acetabulum) with a smooth metal. We leave your own bone intact.
Hip resurfacing surgery is normally suited to younger and more active patients.
In traditional total hip replacement surgery, your surgeon makes a larger incision of 30 cm in the thigh in order to replace the existing hip joint. Surgeons often use traditional total hip replacement surgery to treat patients who have other conditions, like obesity or osteoporosis, or have had previous hip surgery. Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery (hip arthroplasty) is normally for patients who are younger and in better overall health.
Your surgeon makes one or two, smaller incisions (8 to 10 cm) in the thigh and uses smaller, specially designed instruments to replace the joint.
The advantage of minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, is that it leaves less scarring and causes less trauma to the tissue, and recovery tends to be quicker.
Your surgeon will talk to you about which technique is best for you.
After surgery, you should find that your hip pain, stiffness and difficulty walking disappears. Your quality of life should improve, as your ability to do normal activities returns.
If you have other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, we can assist you with a thorough treatment plan, to ensure you make the best recovery possible.
How long it takes to recover from total hip replacement and resurfacing surgery depends on how fit and healthy you are before surgery.
After surgery, you’ll normally stay two to three nights at The London Clinic before you can go home.
As soon as you are able, your care nurse or physical therapist will have you up and walking, normally a few hours after surgery, or the following day.
Studies show that the earlier you move post-surgery, the less likely you are to have complications.
Symptoms such as pain, bruising and numbness should settle down after a few days, then rapidly improve within a few weeks. You may experience swelling in the hip and leg for several months.
Any scars should fade within a few months, but may remain tender for several weeks.
Your care team will be on hand to help and if there’s anything you’re worried about, you can contact them at any time.
Hip replacement and resurfacing surgery are routine operations with very good success rates. Yet, all surgery carries some risk and side effects may include:
In a small number of cases, side effects can develop after receiving a new or resurfaced hip joint, including:
- Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism)
- Nerve or blood vessel damage
- Bone breakage
- Loosening of the joint (a feeling that the joint has become unstable)
- Hip dislocation (the hip comes out of its socket)
- Altered leg length (the leg may become shorter or longer after surgery)
- Recurrence of symptoms
As part of your treatment package, we offer an enhanced pre-assessment before surgery and rehabilitation afterwards, so we can minimise any risks.