The hip joint is one of the largest joints in the human body, fitting together as a ball and socket joint. Its main purpose is to support the upper body during movement and when standing. Healthy hip joints are connected by ligaments which are lubricated, reducing friction, and surrounded by cartilage. Damaged hips deteriorate over time causing significant pain and can have a major impact on everyday activities. In most cases, a total hip replacement is needed to resolve the problem, but our specialist orthopaedic surgeons will be able to offer good professional advice.
Hip replacement surgery is a common type of surgery where a prosthesis is inserted as a total hip replacement. Although this type of surgery is one of the most effective procedures, successful hip replacement recovery requires commitment to the rehabilitation process and takes time.
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Common causes of hip pain
- Osteoarthritis- so-called ‘wear and tear arthritis’, where the cartilage inside a hip joint becomes worn away, leading to the bones rubbing against each other.
- Rheumatoid arthritis - this is caused by the immune system (the body’s defence against infection) mistakenly attacking the lining of the joint, resulting in pain and stiffness.
- Hip fracture- if a hip joint becomes severely damaged during a fall or similar accident it may be necessary to replace it.
Common Procedures for hip Surgery:
- Hip injection
- Hip replacement
- Hip resurfacing
- Injection for trochanteric bursitis
- Hip arthroscopy