Hip Replacement

A hip replacement is a common surgery where a damaged joint is replaced with an artificial one. The hip joint is one of the largest in the body and plays a key role in supporting the upper body, particularly during movement. Contact our Joint Replacement Clinic for an assessment and tailored treatment plan.

Why you might need a hip replacement

Damage to the hips can cause persistent pain and discomfort during your day to day life, and can make walking or driving especially difficult. If your quality of life is suffering, it might be time for a hip replacement.

Signs to look out for

  • Difficulty sleeping because you’re in pain
  • Finding everyday things, like getting dressed or climbing stairs, difficult
  • Not being able to take part in the activities you enjoy

Common causes of hip damage

  • Osteoarthritis – this is when cartilage inside the hip joint gets worn away through wear and tear and causes the bones to rub against each other
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – this is when the body’s immune system tries to fight an infection and mistakenly attacks the joint lining instead
  • Hip fracture – this can happen after a fall or accident


At first, your doctor might recommend other treatments, such as medicine for pain or inflammation, walking aids, joint injections and physical therapy. If you’re still in pain and feel stiff, you might need a hip replacement to get your quality of life back.

The aim of a hip replacement is to relieve pain and improve movement in your joint. Your consultant will talk you through what surgery will involve, as well as your post-surgery rehab and physio options. Benefits of surgery include greatly improved quality of life, being able to move without pain, and often no need for a stick or support when walking.

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Paying for yourself?
If you’re paying for your own treatment, you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. Simply refer yourself* and book an appointment on 020 7806 4000 .

Using health insurance?
If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa, Aviva), contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment. In most cases, you will also need to get a referral letter from your GP. If you’re not registered with a GP, you can use our in-house private GP practice.

*Please note – for tests and scans such as X-rays, MRIs and blood tests, a referral will be needed. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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