Hip Replacement Surgery in London
The Normal Hip
This is composed of a ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) joint. Both sides of the joint are lined with articular cartilage.
The Diseased Hip
The most common disease affecting the hip joint is osteoarthritis. This is essentially a wearing away of the articular cartilage, to expose underlying bone. This may come on primarily or secondary to preceding trauma or deformity. Other diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases can also affect the hip.
When the cartilage is worn, you will experience symptoms of pain in the groin, lateral hip, buttock and/ or knee, associated with restriction of movement
Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
Minimally invasive hip surgery in London involves inserting the hip prosthesis of choice through an incision generally less than 10cms. However depending on the patient’s body habitus, a >10cm incision may still qualify as minimally invasive. There is less muscle cutting and more muscle splitting in a minimally invasive approach compared with a conventional approach.
With a minimally invasive approach there is less blood loss, faster recovery and a more cosmetic scar.
Not all patients are suitable for this approach however. Suitability for this approach will be discussed during the consultation.