This is one of the commonest operations performed by orthopaedic surgeons. When you can no longer be helped by weight loss, use of a stick, painkillers such as Paracetamol or anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen (Brufen) or Diclofenac (Voltarol) or physiotherapy then you may be helped by a hip replacement.
The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. With wear and tear – osteoarthritis – the joint flattens, the cartilage thins and extra bone is formed. The joint is stiff, especially in the mornings and during cold weather. During the operation, the worn head is replaced by a stainless steel ball attached to a shaft that is cemented into the femur or thigh bone. This is called the stem. The worn socket is replaced by a strong plastic cup which is also cemented into place. This is often called the cup. The hip replacement that I use is called the Exeter Hip Replacement. This is one of the safest and most trusted hip replacements used in the UK. It has excellent results, even as long as twenty years after the original operation. It is one of the very few replacements recommended by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence – the Government’s Health Watchdog).