Surgery for joint pain

Find out whether joint surgery is right for you, what to expect, and how to aid your recovery.

Do I need surgery for my hip pain?

4 signs you may need a hip replacement:

  1. Hip or groin pain when walking, exercising or during the night
  2. Stiffness or joint clicking, popping or grinding
  3. You can't stand on your problem leg for more than a minute
  4. You've had no relief from physiotherapy, medication or hip resurfacing.

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Do I need surgery for my knee pain?

4 signs you may need a knee replacement:

  1. Pain with activity, delayed pain or pain that interrupts sleep
  2. Visual changes like swelling
  3. Limited movement
  4. You're struggling to do day-to-day activities.

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Find out more about knee replacements

What to expect from hip surgery 

Discover what's involved in having a hip replacement from people who have gone through the procedure, as well as our orthopaedic surgeons. Also explore whether surgery or physiotherapy is the best option.

Joint surgery recovery

A new hip or knee can be a new lease on life, but to make them successful, you should begin your rehabilitation as soon as you’re able. Soon after your operation, a physiotherapist will visit you on the ward to begin your recovery.

Here are some exercises and other useful videos to help with your aftercare. You can also read exercises after hip replacement.

Do little, often
Full recovery takes around 9-12 months. With time, you'll notice a difference.

Listen to your body
You know your own body. If you don't feel right, talk to your consultant.

Be aware of DVT
Deep vein thrombosis is a rare side-effect of surgery. If your calf becomes swollen, seek medical advice fast.

Stay cool
Use an ice pack to decrease any pain and knee swelling (we usually give you Cryocuff to take home).

Joint surgery success stories

See how hip and knee replacements have changed the lives of our patients by helping them get back to doing what they love.

A deformity in Derek's hip threatened his mobility, lifestyle and happiness. This is his story of conquering his condition after his hip surgery with Nuffield Health.