Hip pain is a common complaint and non-surgical treatments are often helpful in managing this. Treatments like pain relief medication, physiotherapy, losing weight if you’re overweight and hip joint injections may be useful in many cases. If the hip is more extensively damaged, by advanced osteoarthritis for example, these treatments will often have only a quite limited effect.
When non-surgical treatments aren’t able to provide adequate symptom relief, you may require hip surgery. There are a number of different operations available, including:
- Total hip replacement surgery
- Partial hip replacement surgery
- Revision hip replacement surgery
- Hip arthroscopy
As the name suggests, total hip replacement surgery replaces the damaged hip joint with a new artificial one (known as a prosthesis). This is usually needed when osteoarthritis in the hip has caused such degeneration in the joint that pain and stiffness are having a marked effect on your life.
Surgery will not always be required to treat hip pain and it is often a pleasant surprise to many of our patients to discover that their symptoms can be well managed without the need for invasive surgery.
Occasionally, somebody may need a form of keyhole surgery known as hip arthroscopy to help diagnose their problem. A thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and light is passed through a small cut in your hip. This transmits a live feed to a screen, giving you consultant a clear view inside the joint. If they discover any issues, such as an impingement or labral tear, these can often be corrected as part of the arthroscopy.
Depending on the specific problem with your hip, your consultant may advise joint preservation techniques, to help protect and maintain the function in your hip in order to delay the need for more major surgery. Your consultant will be able to discuss suitable options with you.
If the damage to your hip joint is more extensive, total hip replacement surgery may be advised to get you out of pain and restore mobility.
Whatever the extent of your hip pain and stiffness, your consultant will ensure you receive the optimal treatment to effectively manage your symptoms and to get you out of pain.