One option for some patients with hip pain is injection pain relief. Under local anesthetic, a radiologist will inject steroids into the affected joint, which can ease swelling and pain and restore mobility in your hip.
A radiologist performs this procedure because they can use Imaging to make sure they put the injection in the right place, where it will be a lot more effective. This is better for the patient; the radiologist can localise it quite specifically.
For some patients, physiotherapy can be used instead of, or to delay the need for, hip replacement surgery.
We use a network of excellent local Physiotherapists; we cover an area of around 30-mile circumference, in the north, east, south, and west. Our patients generally want to be seen locally and we can normally point them in the right direction; we have worked with some of the local physiotherapists for many years.
Physiotherapy will also be needed after hip replacement surgery, and as well as our local network of great Physiotherapists, we also have an in-house team to treat patients staying with us.
For patients with complex medical conditions, where surgery may be higher risk, we can point them in the direction of a pain specialist, or a rheumatologist, for example.
An important role as an orthopaedic surgeon is to signpost people to the right professional, as surgery isn’t always the answer.
Private hip surgery at BMI St Edmunds Hospital in Suffolk
Hip arthritis, unfortunately, doesn’t tend to respond to pain killers and physiotherapy the way knee arthritis does. For many people, hip surgery will be necessary. The most common hip procedure we perform in our hip and knee clinic is hip replacement surgery.
Hip Replacement surgery
A lot of patients have already tried the non-invasive treatments outlined above and not had a good outcome. They may suffer from chronic pain or night pain, and their mobility may be deteriorating.
These are the type of people we suggest hip replacement surgery for. Hip replacement surgery is a highly successful procedure that offers great results. We find that most patients, if it goes well, would recommend the surgery to a friend or a family member. For them, it’s like a miracle.
We continue to work with patients after the surgery. If they do their exercises/rehab, they will get a good outcome.
For all orthopaedic surgeons working within the UK, it’s mandatory that their information is registered on the National Joint Registry – and it’s reassuring for patients to know that around 94-95% of hip replacements are still working well 10 years later.
Recovery after hip replacement surgery
Patients generally come back for their six-week check and they tell us that the pain in their groin is gone. They have a bit of soreness from the operation, though. They’re still feeling a bit tired, but they will tell us their mobility has improved and pain has reduced.