Our Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons at King’s have over 25 years of experience consulting and performing hip procedures and have conducted over 5000 total hip replacement surgeries.
World leading expertise, years of experience, the latest diagnostic technology, and a focus on exceptional patient care, make King’s College Hospital London in Dubai, your number 1 choice for hip replacement surgery.
What happens during Hip Replacement Surgery
The damaged sections of your hip joint will be removed and replaced with implants made from metal, ceramic or plastic, or a combination of the 3 materials. Your new artificial joint, also called a prosthesis will help increase your range of motion, reduce pain and increase mobility.
Hip Replacement Surgery at King’s – What you can expect
You will have a general physical and clinical examination. This will include a blood tests, questions about your medical history, and a thorough examination of your hip to assess its range of motion and the strength of surrounding muscles. In addition you will undergo X-rays of your chest and pelvis.
The surgeon will make an incision over the front or side of your hip. They will then proceed to remove any damaged bone and cartilage, leaving healthy bone intact.
Next the prosthetic socket will be implanted into your pelvic bone, replacing the damaged socket. Following this, the ‘round ball’ on top of your femur will be replaced with the prosthetic ball, which in turn is then attached to a stem that fits into your thighbone
After the surgery
You will be transferred to our recovery ward while your anesthesia wears off. Our UK trained doctors and nurses will monitor your vitals and administer any pain medication to ensure you are comfortable. Our inpatient physical therapists will assist you with a course of exercises to speed recovery both in the hospital and when you are back at home.
Total Hip Replacement – Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the expected benefits from hip replacement surgery?
You can expect an increase in the range of motion of your joint, to be in less pain, and be more mobile compared to how you felt before the surgery. You should not expect to do everything you were able to do prior to your hip becoming painful. Certain high-impact sports and activities maybe too stressful for your artificial joint.
- Are there any risks associated with the procedure?
After the operation you will be at increased risk of blood clots in your legs. Other risks include pulmonary embolism, and infection. However a combination of early mobilisation (getting you on your feet early) the use of pressure socks to help prevent clots forming in your leg veins, and medication will help manager this risk. All these risks are infrequent, and each occur approximately 1% of the time.
- How long is the recovery period after Hip Replacement Surgery?
The recovery period can be though of as 2 phases. First the short-term recovery phase, which is defined as the point at which as a patient you no longer need walking aids and can move around without pain or resting, is 4-6 weeks.
Long-term recovery takes approximately 6 months. This is the point at which surgical wounds and soft tissues are completely healed and you can engage in work and daily living related activities without trouble.
- How long will I be in hospital?
Approximately 2 to 4 days
- Are there anything’s I should not do?
You will not be able to drive for 6 weeks and will not be able to bend to put shoes on for a similar period