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Why choose Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital for your minimally invasive hip replacement surgery?

At Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital, we pride ourselves on giving the highest standards of treatment and care. 

Our dedicated hip replacement specialists, Mr Michael Cronin, Mr Dandachli and Mr Faisal, will be with you throughout your journey, from your initial consultation through to your recovery and aftercare. We also have an on-site physiotherapy centre where an expert physiotherapist will be able to support you during your post-surgery rehabilitation. As part of your treatment package, you may also have access to our Recovery Plus Programme at Nuffield Health Warwick Fitness & Wellbeing Gym.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital

If you are suffering from prolonged hip pain and want to discuss your treatment options with an expert, we strongly reccomend booking an initial consultation with the consultant of your choice. To book, please call our hospital enquiry team on 0300 131 1400.

Please let the enquiry handler know if you have had any recent X-rays or scans when booking your consultation, as there will be additional charges for any diagnostic imaging needed.

Advantages of minimally invasive technique over traditional hip replacement

    During a typical hip replacement, muscles need to be cut to give the surgeon enough room to remove the worn joint. Advancements in technology now mean less space is needed for the surgeon’s manoeuvres
    Minimally invasive hip replacements reduce trauma to the soft-tissue around the hip, often without cutting any muscle at all
    Recovery is typically faster than a traditional hip replacement with patients often able to walk assisted on the day of the operation and come off crutches much quicker.

How is it done?

  1. Under anaesthetic, the patient lies on their side with their leg to be operated on exposed and bent at 45 degrees
  2. Rather than cut muscles to gain access to the hip joint, the soft-tissue is simply moved aside leaving enough room for the surgeon to cut and remove both parts of the socket and ball joint from the pelvis and femur
  3. The prosthetic implants are fitted through the small window created between two muscles at the top of the hip. It has been described like 'building a ship in a bottle’
  4. Some of the implants are aligned and impacted with an instrument inserted through an additional keyhole incision lower down the leg, thus avoiding excessive tissue damage
  5. This allows the procedure to be carried out with the leg in a much more natural position than during traditional hip surgery, so not only are the muscles not cut but they are also not stretched, aiding recovery

After traditional hip replacement surgery patients have to follow precautions for the first six weeks such as:

  • Avoid bending your new hip beyond 90 degrees
  • Avoid rolling your leg towards the other leg 
  • Avoid crossing your legs
  • Avoid twisting on your new hip when standing

Following minimally invasive surgery these precautions are less important. The best advice is to gently improve your movement, including bending, over the first few weeks. As long as your hip feels comfortable then you can push a bit harder until you find your own limits. 

In the first six weeks you should also:

  • Use the shower instead of the bath
  • Keep wearing your support stockings

If you have any questions or concerns about your restrictions be sure and ask a member of the Healthcare Team or the physiotherapist.

Most people make a good recovery and return to normal activities following minimally invasive hip replacement. As with any surgery there can be complications including: 

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (incision)
  • Scarring
  • Blood clots (DVT - deep vein thrombosis)
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Chest infection
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke.

Specific complications of hip replacement might include:

  • A split in the femur
  • Nerve damage around the hip
  • Damage to the blood vessels around the hip
  • Infection in the hip
  • Death (exceptionally rare)
  • Loosening of the replacement
  • Bone forming in muscles around the replacement
  • Dislocation
  • Leg length difference.
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