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Nuffield Health: Hip replacement surgery in the UK

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The Nuffield Health orthopaedic team offer a wide range of treatments including hip replacement surgery, at locations across the UK. You may need a new hip due to natural wear and tear, arthritis, or following an injury to your hip.

About Nuffield Health

At Nuffield Health they have been taking care of people for over 50 years. Nuffield Health is a charity, which offers the widest range of healthcare services in the UK through their network of over 200 private hospitals and clinics, fitness centres and diagnostic units.

Hip replacement surgery with Nuffield Health

Hip X-ray

What is a hip replacement?

Hip replacement surgery involves a procedure to remove your damaged or diseased hip joint and replace it with a prosthetic implant made out of metal, ceramic or plastic.

Why do I need hip replacement surgery?

Wear and tear occurs on the surfaces of your hip joint as you get older. This may be the result of arthritis, or it may be caused by trauma to the hip, such as an injury.

A smooth lining in the hip joint promotes mobility without friction. But osteoarthritis causes damage to the lining and the hip becomes stiff and inflamed. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease, which attacks the cells in your joints making them stiff and swollen. In time joints can be damaged.

Simple, everyday tasks like shopping and gardening become painful. Because there is no cure for osteoarthritis, which tends to worsen as you age, a successful hip replacement is usually the best treatment to restore your mobility and reduce your pain.

What happens during hip replacement?

Prior to your operation the anaesthetist will discuss your options with you. The most common choices are: 

  • General anaesthetic
  • Spinal anaesthetic
  • Epidural anaesthetic
  • Nerve block (to help with pain afterwards)

Both cemented and uncemented hip replacements prostheses are used, and your surgeon’s choice will depend on your age, your level of activity and your current condition.

Hip replacement surgery restores mobility and reduces pain

After hip replacement surgery

Once your hip replacement surgery is over, you’ll be taken to the recovery room where your wound, blood pressure and pulse will be monitored. As you wake from your anaesthetic you will be encouraged to talk to the Healthcare Team and let them know if you are in any pain. You may be on a drip to keep you hydrated until you are able to drink, or to administer pain relief.

When you are stable and comfortable, you will be taken to the comfort of your private room.

Back in your room, your nursing team will continue to monitor your progress and ensure you are recovering well. While you are in bed, you may receive help with the circulation in your legs, in order to prevent blood clots (DVT). Support stockings also assist good circulation and you may receive anticoagulants minimize the chance of blood clotting.

It's important to get out of bed and get moving as soon as possible to improve your circulation and avoid stiffness. This may seem daunting after surgery, but your Nuffield Healthcare Team will be on hand to assist you.

Going home after hip replacement

Before you are discharged from hospital your Nuffield physiotherapist will teach you some exercises to help get your new hip moving. When your mobility has improved sufficiently you'll be able to go home, but you won't be able to drive so you should arrange for a friend or relative to collect you.

Read more about hip replacement surgery at Nuffield Health and what happens after you return home.

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Contact details

Nuffield Health

Epsom Gateway

Ashley Avenue



KT18 5AL


Tel: 08456 034346

Web: www.nuffieldhealth.com

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Conditions and treatments

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip fractures and trauma
  • Hip replacement surgery



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