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.