Hip replacement

A hip replacement is a very common form of surgery these days which gives excellent results. We have a first rate orthopaedic clinic and hip replacement unit within Kind Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes at Harley Street which offers top quality hip replacement surgery and other hip surgery which is amongst the best in the world.

These services are delivered within state of the art surroundings, with the latest equipment, devices and techniques which are wholly designed for the benefit of the patient. Every patient is treated as a valued individual and is given a personal treatment plan which is focused on their needs. The surgery is performed by world renowned surgeons who have developed world ranking reputations in their field of speciality.

Anatomy of the hip

The hip joint forms part of the pelvis and consists of the femur, muscles and tendons. The femur or thighbone is a ‘ball and socket’ joint and the largest one in the body. There is a layer of cartilage between the head of the femur and hollow in the pelvis where the femur fits into it. This prevents friction and enables a wide range of movement.

Movement in the hip joint is controlled by large muscles which are attached to this joint. They include the gluteus maximus (buttocks) muscles, abductor muscles (inside the thigh), hip flexor muscles and the quadriceps (thigh muscles). Additional support is provided by the iliotibial band (ITB) tendon which runs from the pelvis and down the outside of the thigh.

Common hip conditions

These include:

  • Bursitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB)
  • Fracture of the femur
  • Dislocated hip
  • Fractured pelvis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Strains and sprains

Your hip is a complicated piece of machinery which is prone to a wide range of conditions such as those mentioned above. A hip fracture is the most common injury especially in older people, which occurs as a result of a fall.

Another equally common condition is osteoarthritis in the hip which necessitates the removal of the arthritis joint, to be replaced by a prosthesis.

Treatment for hip conditions

Hip replacement is performed in cases of arthritis, accident or injury. The damaged hip joint is removed under a general anaesthetic and replaced with a metal or ceramic prosthesis. This looks and works in the same way as a natural hip joint.

Our clinic provides you with a full aftercare plan which includes an exercise routine, physiotherapy and a follow up appointment to check on your progress. This rehabilitation programme is part of our commitment to excellence.