We provide everything needed for a successful hip replacement recovery at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital near Southampton. After your operation is completed by our expert consultants, your journey will be guided by our onsite physiotherapy team.
Why choose Wessex Hospital for my hip replacement surgery?
We offer an unrivalled end-to-end orthopaedics service at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital. From experienced surgeons and dedicated nursing team to our outstanding rehabilitation facilities, the Wessex is Hampshire's number one private hospital for hip replacement surgery.
When using Wessex Hospital's onsite gyms and hydrotherapy pool our experts will be able to show you the best way to build strength and mobility around your new hip joint. This way, there’s a better chance of making a full and fast recovery.
How to find us
Our hospital is conveniently located just off Junction 12 of the M3 between Southampton and Winchester, with free parking available.
By public transport
The nearest train station is Chandlers Ford - a 20 minute train journey from Southampton Central station.
The 1 Bluestar bus, which serves Southampton, Chandlers Ford and Winchester, is just 5 minutes' walk from the hospital.
Why might I need a hip replacement?
Over time, the surfaces on the hip joint can start to wear. This can be caused by osteoarthritis or a previous injury to the hip.
Osteoarthritis is painful as joints become stiff and inflamed when the smooth lining between the joints gets damaged or wears away. Without the protection of this lining, the rough surfaces of your bones rub together as you move, causing the pain that is all too common to sufferers.
Simple, everyday things like going for a walk or even getting dressed become difficult. There’s no cure for osteoarthritis and it can get worse with time. However, joints can be replaced successfully, improving mobility and reducing pain.
What happens during hip replacement?
A variety of anaesthetic techniques are used. Prior to your operation the anaesthetist will discuss these options with you.
Your surgeon’s choice of prosthesis will be based on several factors such as your age, your level of activity and your current condition. Both cemented and uncemented replacements are used. If you have concerns be sure and ask your surgeon about his prosthesis choice. Your surgical wound will be closed with stitches, staples or steri-strips.
After your hip replacement at Wessex Hospital
Once your operation is over, you’ll be taken to the recovery room where you will wake from the anaesthetic. Your wound, blood pressure and pulse will be checked carefully. You will have a large dressing covering your wound. Be sure and let our Healthcare Team know if you are in any pain. You may have a small tube coming out of your wound, this is to drain away any excess fluid from the inside of the wound. You may also have a drip (infusion) going into your arm. This will keep you hydrated until you are able to drink, and it can also be used to give you pain relief.
When you are stable and comfortable, a nurse will take you back to your room.
Back in your hospital room
Once back in your room, our nursing team will continue to check on you to make sure you are recovering well. Try not to touch or disturb your dressings as this can introduce infection. If you notice any bleeding or have any pain, don’t hesitate to speak to one of our nurses. After you’ve recovered from the effects of the anaesthetic, you can have something to eat and drink.
While you are in bed, you may have help with the circulation in your legs, in order to prevent blood clots (DVT). The first day or so you could wear boots on your legs that are inflated with air. You will also wear support stockings to help your circulation and may have daily injections or tablets to help prevent blood clotting that may continue for up to 6 weeks. Also we may encourage you to move your legs if you are able.
You may have some deep breathing exercises to do, to help prevent any chest problems after surgery. The day after surgery you will have an X-ray of your new hip to check its position.
Don’t forget to wash your hands with soap after going to the toilet at any time.
Getting up for the first time
We understand that you may be anxious or worried about getting up, but we will do all we can to help and reassure you. Don’t worry, a member of our Healthcare Team will be there to help you, whenever you are ready.
The reason for getting you moving is to improve your circulation and avoid stiffness. You may be feeling tender and sore, but you can get pain relief medication to deal with any discomfort – just ask one of the nurses if you have any pain.
Once out of bed, you will continue to wear support stockings to help your circulation. The physiotherapists will work with you during your stay to help give you the best start with your new joint.
We will do all we can to help and reassure you.
Going home after hip replacement surgery
A physiotherapist will give you some exercises to help get your new hip moving. These are important to help you make a good recovery. You may be using crutches or a walker. When you are able to walk up and down stairs, you can go home. You won’t be able to drive, so you will need someone to come and take you home from the hospital, once you have been discharged.
It’s usual to return to see your consultant as an outpatient after your operation. You may also need to have stitches removed. You’ll be given information about these appointments before you go home. We’ll also give you some pain relief medication to take with you.
When you get home, will be tired and should rest. However, it’s also important to aim to gradually increase your physical activity each day, so you should continue with the exercises the physiotherapist showed you. These will help to reduce stiffness and strengthen your legs. Keep using a walker, crutches or a walking stick until you feel confident.
To help you regain mobility, it’s recommended that you take any pain relief medication we have prescribed. Continue taking this until you are pain free.
So you don’t damage your new hip and to help your wound heal, you may be asked to follow a few restrictions for the first six weeks of your recovery:
- 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
- Use the shower instead of the bath
- Keep wearing your support stockings - you may have to do so for four to six weeks.
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 hip revision. As with any surgery there can be complications:
- Infection of the surgical site (incision)
- Blood clots (DVT - deep vein thrombosis)
- Difficulty passing urine
- Chest infection
- Heart attack
Specific complications of hip revision might include:
- Split in the femur
- Nerve damage around the hip
- Damage to the blood vessels around the hip
- Infection in the hip
- Loosening of the replacement
- Bone forming in muscles around the replacement
- Leg length difference
- Death (very rare).
Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW
By car: our hospital is conveniently located just off Junction 12 of the M3 between Southampton and Winchester, with free parking available. Parking Eye is in operation at this site, please ensure you input your car registration on one of the portals at the main reception. By public transport: the nearest train station is Chandlers Ford - a 20-minute train journey from Southampton Central station. The 1 Bluestar bus, which serves Southampton, Chandlers Ford and Winchester, is just 5 minutes walk from the hospital.
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may vary according to Consultant fees, prosthesis or drugs used and any
pre-existing medical conditions which may alter your care pathway.
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