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Hip Treatments

As we get older the joints in the body can become stiff and problematic. At London Bridge Hospital Outpatients we provide a range of treatments for dealing with problems, which stem from the hip. This includes diagnostics and pain management solutions.

Hip treatments we provide include:

Hip replacement surgery

As we age we become more prone to pain in the hip, as the joint wears out or becomes damaged. Most hip problems don’t require surgery. However, for patients experiencing chronic pain and limited mobility, a hip replacement operation can help. The need for a hip replacement is carefully assessed; a broken hip can require treatment and it being set instead of being replaced. Whereas, in the case of advanced osteoarthritis a patient may benefit from hip replacement.

In the event that the leg and hip bones are in good condition, your orthopaedic surgeon may suggest hip resurfacing instead of replacement. This is done to preserve as much natural bone, in and around the hip joint, as possible.

Hip resurfacing

This treatment is more commonly carried out on younger patients. It involves replacing damaged or diseased surfaces of the ball and socket joint, in the hip, with metal plating. This is often referred to as metal-on-metal (MoM) hip resurfacing. The operation leaves the head and neck of the femur intact. Post operation patients will also be able to enjoy a good range of movement and participate in sporting activities.

In older patients the bone is more prone to fracturing. In this event, total hip replacements are thought to give better long-term success rather than resurfacing. However, if a patient is under the age of 65 and has advanced hip disease, resurfacing operations can be a more suitable option.

To learn more about hip resurfacing visit our hip resurfacing page.

Hip replacement

Sometimes known as total hip arthroplasty or total hip replacement, this is an operation recommended for patients with severe chronic pain, as a result of osteoarthritis, deformity, or disease. This is one of the most common hip operations performed in the UK. It helps to relieve pain and restore mobility, and provides a huge improvement to a patient’s quality of life. This operation involves replacing the ball and socket joint of the hip with metal and plastic parts (sometimes referred to as hip implants).

During the procedure the surgeon will replace the top end of the femur with a special metal stem, which has a ball on the end. This replicates the natural joint. At the same time, the hip socket is hollowed out and a plastic socket cup is fitted to receive the metal ball on the end of the thighbone.

To learn more about hip replacement surgery visit our hip replacement surgery page.

Hip revision

Hip revision operations are carried out when the original hip replacement operation fails. This is normally because the joint has become too loose. In about 2% of cases, hip revisions are conducted due to bone infection.

A hip prosthesis can last between ten and twenty five years. Due to people living longer they might require more than one hip replacement. A repeat operation is called a revision and is a longer and more complex procedure. This requires specialist equipment and skills and is about 80% as effective as the original hip replacement. During the procedure an orthopaedic surgeon will remove the artificial ball and socket, along with any damaged bone, before replacing them with a new prosthetic.

Hip arthroscopy

Although now a widely performed procedure, some patients may require exploratory surgery to help with diagnosing the cause of hip pain. It involves inserting a camera into an incision in the skin and passed into the hip joint. This also enables surgical tools to be inserted, so delicate operations can be carried out.

Operations carried out via arthroscopy at London Bridge Hospital, include repairing or trimming cartilage, removing loose bodies and bone fragments from the joint, removal of the synovium (the membrane within the hip joint), and the biopsy or removal of tumours from the hip.

Why use the hip specialists at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients

  • We aim to provide our patients with quick and effective treatment, which begins with providing patients with same or next day appointments. This allows use to secure a diagnosis quickly and move onto treatment. With access to on-site diagnostics, we can also reduce waiting times and give an efficient start to treatment.
  • The orthopaedic consultants that we work with at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients come to us from London’s leading teaching hospitals.
  • Using the latest advances in diagnostics and treatment technology allows us to improve the effectiveness of the services we provide to our patients.
  • The care we provide to patients is specific to their individual needs, from diagnosis and treatment through to rehabilitation.
  • Through the consultants, technology and access to treatment available at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients, we aim to provide patients with the best possible outcomes for treatment and rehabilitation.

To learn more about the various hip services at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients or our other Orthopaedic services, please call 02035 532 749 or email If you would like to book an appointment with one of our consultants, call 020 7234 2009.