Hip Surgery at West Midlands Hospital
Hip pain is not uncommon as we get older. Often, it can be dealt with by over-the counter painkillers but sometimes it is a sign that the hip joint is beginning to wear out.
Diseases such as osteoarthritis can mean you experience pain and stiffness in the hip, and become less mobile, making it harder to do everyday things such as golf or housework.
For many people hip problems may be minor and can be eased with the help of medications or offered steroid injections into the hip.
But for some people, the problems may be enough to make them think about a hip replacement as they may suffer from severe pain or find their quality of life is being affected.
Many people a year in the UK have hip replacement surgery where the ball and socket joint in the hip is replaced with an artificial joint, known as a prosthesis.
Treatments at West Midlands Hospital
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your surgeon to see inside your hip using a camera inserted through small cuts in the skin. It is used to examine, diagnose and treat problems that are causing pain and/or restricted movement in your hip. We deliver hip arthroscopies at West Midlands Hospital.
Computer Navigation Hip Surgery
At West Midlands Hospital we use state-of-the-art computer navigation techniques to assist with hip replacement surgery.
The computer technology is still rapidly advancing but it generates a virtual model of the patient’s hip and calculates the best position the hip should be placed in to provide the individual patient with the best result.
When performing hip replacement surgery the surgeon has to accurately place the new hip in a position that enables the new joint to function perfectly. If the position is not correct then, the hip can dislocate (the ball and socket separate, which usually requires an anaesthetic to put the hip back in joint). The leg can be a different length, the muscles may not function optimally and the joint can wear out earlier than expected.
At West Midlands Hospital, the computer navigation system provides the surgeon with detailed information on where the new hip is to be positioned, allowing the surgeon to place the hip in the correct position.
This avoids problems with incorrect positioning, leading to the potential problems associated with the new joint wearing out, which can occur with all types of hip replacement.
Hip Replacement Operation
West Midlands Hospital has a wealth of experience in delivering high quality hip replacements carried out by experienced consultant surgeons.
A hip replacement operation - known as an arthroplasty - usually involves several days in hospital, physiotherapy and exercises after the operation and a period of recovery and recuperation before you can get back to normal life.
Some patients find their life is transformed as they regain their mobility and independence. Replacement hips typically last for 20 to 30 years; they were once only routinely offered to older people, but are now being used for much younger, more active patients.
If you are experiencing pain in your hips, the first person to talk to is your GP. They will be able to advise you whether a hip replacement is likely to be a treatment option and will recommend referral to a consultant at West Midlands Hospital.
- Karate enthusiast, Paul Brown, is fighting fit again just months after a new hip replacement at West Midlands Hospital.
- Handyman Gabe Gabriel has hit the nail on the head after choosing West Midlands Hospital for his hip replacement surgery.
- Avid walker David Baker is back on track after undergoing hip replacement surgery at West Midlands Hospital.
- Margaret Williams has been given a new lease of life thanks to a total hip replacement at West Midlands Hospital.
Meet Our Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons
At West Midlands Hospital we have a team of hip specialists who can help you to diagnose the problem and outline the treatments and surgeries which are available to you which will help you to lead a pain free life again.