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This is a procedure to remove your damaged hip joint and replace it with an artificial joint.

What is hip replacement? 

This is a surgical procedure used to replace a hip joint with an artificial prosthesis in order to restore function in the body and decrease pain. 

At Nuffield Health, at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, our experienced orthopaedic consultants will perform a full examination possibly utilising medical imaging, to determine the extent of your problem. They may also recommend surgery if the problem does not respond to conservative treatment. 

What are the benefits of hip replacement surgery?

If your consultant has determined that you will benefit from hip replacement surgery then the expected main benefits will be reduced hip pain, improved mobility and restoration of the hip function. Your sleep and mental wellbeing may also improve, and you may be able to return to leisure activities. 

Is hip replacement surgery right for me?

Your consultant will determine if your problem requires surgery or not. Depending on the severity of the problem, some may be managed conservatively however some may require surgery.

What happens during treatment? 

 A hip replacement can be performed under spinal anaesthetic to numb the lower half of your body and a sedative to relax you. Alternately a hip replacement can be performed under general aesthetic. Prior to the operation you will meet one of our experienced anaesthetists and depending on your other health conditions you will decide together what is the best option for you.  

During the procedure the orthopaedic surgeon will create an incision in the side of your hip and remove the affected joint surfaces before inserting an artificial hip prosthesis. At the end of the replacement, the team will apply a padded bandage dressing and transfer you into the excellent hands of our dedicated nursing staff to care for you in the recovery and ward areas.  


Our team of specialist physiotherapists will provide expert treatment, rehabilitation and advice during your hospital stay, and if appropriate follow-up as an outpatient to support your full recovery. 

Short-term recovery 

You will be able to walk on the operated leg as soon as you feel able to do so. Usually this will involve the use of walking aides at first. You will have expert physiotherapy input during your hospital stay to facilitate this.  

You will go home once you are able to mobilise safely and you are medically fit. 

You will discuss the length of your hospital stay and any concerns with the consultant prior to the operation. 

Long-term recovery 

Your recovery will be guided by physiotherapists and follow up consultations with your surgeon. 

Find out more about Hip replacement

Hip replacement consultants at Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew's Hospital

Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew's Hospital

38 Giltspur Street, London, EC1A 7BS

020 3386 9000

There are several bus stops within walking distance of the hospital. The closest rail and tube stations are City Thameslink - 5 min walk, Barbican - 5 min walk, Elizabeth line at Farringdon - 3 min walk. Car parking is available in Smithfield Car Park nearby.

Hospital switchboard 020 3386 9000
General enquiries 0300 131 1433
Outpatients enquiries 0300 131 1432
Physiotherapy enquiries 020 3386 9002
Payments enquiries 0330 460 0099

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