Following a consutlation with Mr Datta, you will be given a date for surgery. Hip replacement involves a 3-day stay in hospital.
You will be called by one of our nursing staff who will conduct a pre-assessment within 2 weeks of your surgery for blood tests and a medical examination
You are admitted to the hospital on the day of surgery. The operation is usually performed with a combination of spinal anesthetic (legs numb from the waist down) and sedation (made to feel sleepy).
The operation itself takes approximately 1 hour and you start walking when the spinal anaesthetic has worn off (usually the next day)
Physiotherapy starts on the first day after the operation. You will get up and be able to put all your weight on the operated leg (on day one you will use a Zimmer frame for balance). You will have regular physiotherapy whilst in hospital and will be discharged once you are safely using crutches, and are able to walk up and down stairs.
Physiotherapy will continue as an outpatient and you will be discharged once your physiotherapist is happy with your progress. You can continue to use crutches for 4-6 weeks afterward. A full recovery is expected after 3 months
frequently asked questions
How long will my hip last?
Most hip replacements will last a minimum of 10-15 years although the newer materials will last longer. All implants have an ODEP (Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel) rating and this gives a guide to the survival of each type of implant. The best implants have a 10A* rating; this means that 95% of these types of implant are still working at 10 years after surgery.