If you have been struggling with hip pain, life can become difficult. Hip pain can affect walking, lifting and even can create back pain.
At BMI The Meriden Hospital we have fast access to specialist surgeons who can assess, diagnose and treat a range of hip issues.
What will happen at a consultation?
Your initial consultation will involve an assessment from your consultant and also if available, reviews of any imaging that you have had, including MRI, X-Ray or ultrasound. If required you may be referred for a scan in order to help diagnose the cause of your pain.
What treatments would be available?
Once a diagnosis has been gained, you may be referred for treatment. This may include physiotherapy, joint injections and in some cases, surgery. The consultant will discuss all the best options for you, including any risks involved if you need surgery.
Are there any risks in hip surgery?
Thousands of hip operations are carried out in the UK every year with no complications. But, like all surgery, there are some risks. These vary according to your particular operation, the problems in your hip, and the skills and experience of your surgeon.
You should discuss risks in detail with your consultant, and always ask him or her for information about their training and experience in the operation they propose, and the complication rates in their own practice.
What happens before my hip surgery and how should I prepare for it?
The most important thing is to have time with your consultant. Bring a family member or friend with you if you like. Your surgeon should discuss with you what will happen before, during and after the operation, and how they and the nurses will manage any pain you might have.
Ask any questions you may have about your procedure, your time in hospital, and what will happen when you go home. Take this time with your consultant to ensure your mind is put at rest.
What is the length of recovery after hip surgery?
After most hip operations you can get up and about very quickly, even if you have had a total replacement. You may need to use crutches for a week or two, but regular exercise will help you return to normal activities as soon as possible.
Your surgeon and physiotherapist will give you detailed advice on this. Discuss it before your operation so you can get together any equipment or help you might need before you go into hospital.
Just remember, most people make very good recovery after surgery: they can reduce their pain, move more freely, and get back to the life they want to lead.
If you want to book an appointment, call us today on 024 7664 7070 or make an online enquiry.