Hip replacement surgery


An operation to replace a hip joint with an artificial one

Hip replacement surgery can bring you great relief from chronic hip pain and improve your mobility


If you suffer from hip pain that hasn't responded to other types of treatment, such as steroid injections, your consultant may recommend a hip replacement. During this type of surgery, your hip joint is replaced with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis). It may be metal, ceramic or plastic.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Hip replacement surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. This means you'll be asleep during the procedure. Alternatively, it's sometimes carried out after a spinal injection to block the pain (epidural) in your lower half.

    During a hip replacement, your surgeon will remove the ball part of your hip joint, along with any damaged cartilage and bone. They'll then replace them with the prosthetic ball and socket. The whole procedure usually takes a few hours.

  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

    Your consultant will tell you about the procedure so you understand what's involved.

    Before the operation, you can prepare to make your life easier during your recovery. You'll need to use crutches or a walker to move around after the operation. It's a good idea to arrange for a friend or a family member to help you with tasks such as shopping, bathing and laundry during this time.

    You may also want to consider installing handrails in your bath, shower and staircase at home to help during your recovery.

  • Afterwards icon plus

    You'll be cared for in hospital for a few days following the operation. After surgery, our physiotherapy team will encourage you to stand up and walk a little with the help of crutches. They'll also give you exercises to practise to help strengthen your hip and legs.

    You should be able to go home after five to 10 days. You'll need to use crutches, a walker or walking sticks for a few weeks. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street


    SE1 2PR

    Enquiries 020 7407 3100
    Appointments 020 7234 2009

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road


    SW1W 8RH

    Enquiries 020 7730 7733
    Appointments 020 7811 4000

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street


    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 3797 3580
    Maternity enquiries 020 3468 6141
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 3797 3846

  • The Princess Grace Hospital Facility

    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place


    W1U 5NY

    Enquiries 020 7486 1234
    Appointments 020 7908 8001

  • The Wellington Hospital Facility

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place


    NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    Enuiries 020 3553 1516

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.

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