What Is Hip Replacement surgery?

A hip replacement is a type of surgery to replace damaged parts of the hip with man-made parts. The operation can relieve hip pain and improve movement.

Hip Replacement Surgery wait time in public hospitals in Australia

Public Wait time can be up to

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The Public health system in NSW has a waiting period for Orthopaedic Surgeries - 90% of Patients waited this length of time for this procedure in the 2019/2020 calendar year.

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Should I have a Hip Replacement?

To help you decide, here are some questions you might want to ask your surgeon:

  • What are the alternatives to surgery?
  • What are the different surgical options? For instance, is ‘minimally invasive’ hip replacement suitable? This technique reduces cutting of the tissue around the hip.
  • What are the possible complications and how likely are they?
  • What can I expect during recovery?
  • How much improvement can I realistically expect?
  • Will the new hip last all my life?

Reasons to get a Hip Replacement

Your doctor may recommend a hip replacement if you have:

  • Hip pain that has lasted a long time and that makes moving difficult

  • The pain has not improved with medicines, physical Therapy or walking support

  • The pain is making it difficult for you to look after yourself and is affecting your daily activities

  • You are in pain even when you’re resting or in bed

 

A hip replacement can reduce your pain, improve your mobility and give you a better quality of life.

There might be alternatives, such as continuing with physical therapy, adding new methods of pain relief or trying hip resurfacing therapy.

What happens During Surgery?

During hip replacement surgery, damaged bone and cartilage (tissue at the end of the bone that cushions the joint) are removed from the hip joint. These are replaced with metal or plastic parts.

Hip replacement surgery usually takes 2 to 3 hours. You will be given a general anaesthetic, which makes you fully unconscious, or a spinal anaesthetic, which numbs the lower half of your body.

How long will I stay in hospital?

You’ll usually stay 2 – 4 days in hospital.

What is my recovery time?

Most people make a good recovery and return to normal activities within 6 weeks. It can take 6 – 12 months to fully recover the use of your Hip.

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Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You have a Body Mass Index under 40
  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months

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