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Hip replacement


A hip replacement is a type of surgery that involves replacing damaged parts of your hip with new parts.

Most hip replacements are done to treat osteoarthritis. A hip replacement can reduce hip pain and make it easier for you to walk.

There are alternative treatments you can try before having a hip replacement, including lifestyle changes and pain relief.

Before having a hip replacement, you’ll be told about things you can do to prepare for surgery, such as strengthening exercises.

A hip replacement involves replacing damaged parts of your hip with metal, plastic and ceramic parts. You have the operation under anaesthetic.

It may take several months to recover from a hip replacement. A physiotherapist will give you advice on recovery.

Complications of a hip replacement are not common but can include blood clots, wound infection, nerve damage and problems with your new hip.

Page last reviewed: 01/01/1970
Next review due: 01/01/1970