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Hip surgery

Hip surgery can help give you back movement that's free of pain and stiffness

Most hip problems we see at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr are associated with hip arthritis within the joint. We also see overuse injuries around the hip, groin strains and problems with the bursae – inflamed fluid collections around bony prominences on the hip, causing pain in the buttocks or the side of the hip.

Our Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeons are highly trained specialists, and many of them also have expertise in sports injuries of the joint.

You’ll find our hospital in an accessible location off the A713. It covers a large area of Scotland’s southwest, including all of Ayrshire and across Dumfries.

Hip surgery is a sub-speciality within orthopaedic surgery, managing and treating bone and joint pain.

The main focus of hip surgery is dealing with arthritis and pain caused by the structures around the hip.

Some hip surgeons only treat arthritic hips, often seeing a more elderly population, while others perform specialised procedures suited to younger patients, such as hip arthroscopy.

Hip surgery is always the last option for someone experiencing hip pain. Physiotherapy and non-invasive treatments such as injections are recommended as first-line treatment.

Pain in the hip may not relate to the hip joint and could be referred pain from your back. Your consultant will be able to diagnose this and refer you to a back specialist if appropriate.

A GP referral is always preferred, but most of our consultants also see self-referrals. If you are using private medical insurance, most insurance companies will ask for a copy of your GP referral before they agree to cover your treatment.

When you arrive, you’ll check-in at our friendly reception desk and take a seat in our outpatient waiting area. Your consultant will then show you to a private consultation room where they’ll talk to you about your medical history and the problem you’re having.

Not only will you see your consultant quickly, but you’ll receive a treatment plan tailored to you.

After examining your hip, your consultant may send you for an x-ray, which we can do on the same day. If you have somewhere to be after your consultation, the x-ray can also be arranged for a later date.

Your consultant may also advise a magnetic resource imaging (MRI) scan. Pelvic MRI scans are carried out for hip pain and can pick up early arthritis (by showing changes in the cartilage), stress fractures and other bone conditions.

A special MRI called an MRA (magnetic resonance arthrogram), in which a contrast dye is injected into the surface of the hip joint to outline a cartilage tear (labral tear), may also be arranged if your consultant needs a better idea of the extent of any abnormalities.

MRI and MRA scans take place at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. Once your consultant has referred you for the scan, the hospital will contact you to arrange the appointment.

Our Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeons prefer to start with non-surgical options where possible, such as physiotherapy to keep the joint active. Physios focus on stretching and strengthening weak structures. Our Chartered Physiotherapists at Carrick Glen Hospital are highly experienced with patients presenting with hip pain and work very closely with our consultants to help create individualised treatment plans.

Your consultant may advise you to lose weight and increase levels of exercise, and our physiotherapists can also help with this.

Another treatment that you may be offered is joint injection therapy, where your surgeon injects a local anaesthetic (steroid) into your hip to help reduce pain. It is almost universally done under x-ray guidance and general anaesthetic in theatre. Any procedures requiring general anaesthetic are carried out at our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. The same consultant that you see at Carrick Glen Hospital would perform the procedure.

If your consultant advises you that hip replacement surgery would be best for your condition, they will take you through all the procedure’s pros and cons. You will have time to ask your consultant as many questions as you like.

Hip replacement surgery is a complex procedure, so it’s a big decision for you to make. You’ll be provided with lots of information to take away with you and contact details should you have any further questions. Hip replacement surgery takes place at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow, and usually, you are in hospital for a few nights. Ross Hall Hospital has private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TVs and WiFi.

The day after your hip replacement surgery, you will see our physiotherapists at Ross Hall Hospital. They will help to get you up and slowly moving before you are discharged home.

You will return to Carrick Glen Hospital for post-surgery wound checks and physiotherapy as well as your follow up appointments with your consultant.

Living with hip pain can make it challenging to carry out everyday tasks. It can significantly affect your sleep, so you’ll want to see a specialist for a diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible. We can help you get the care you need, so you’re soon back on your feet with pain-free function.


  • Our Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeons are highly qualified with years of experience.

  • The hospital provides a range of hip treatments from physiotherapy and steroid injections to complex surgeries involving general anaesthetic.

  • Our consultants are supported by a multidisciplinary team of experienced nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, anaesthetists and support staff who will treat you with the utmost care and kindness.

  • If you require hip replacement surgery, your damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial ball and socket made from durable materials.

  • We’ll offer you our enhanced recovery programme (ERP), which aims to help you recover faster after surgery.

Specialists offering Hip surgery

Mr James Press

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB,BS, MRCS, Diploma of Orthopaedic Engineering, FRCS (Trauma + Orthopaedics)

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Jonathan Dearing

Consultant Orthopaedic Knee & Sports Injuries Surgeon

BDS, FDSRCPS,MBChB(Hons), FRCS(Trauma and Orth), Dip SEM, MFSEM

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Kenneth Young

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB FRCS Ed. (Orth.)

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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