Entries by katharine

Surgical approach significantly affects hip replacement complication rates

There has been a lot written recently about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches to carrying out a total hip replacement. The Bone and Joint Journal published a thorough assessment recently which evaluated “five commonly used surgical approaches with respect to the incidence of surgery-related complications”, the findings of which are helpful […]

How long does it take to recover from a hip replacement?

One of the first questions patients ask when they are preparing for a hip replacement is how long the recovery takes. Understanding what the hip implant recovery period will be like and how long it will be until you start to reap the benefits of your new joint. Although everyone is different, most patients are […]

Choosing which type of hip implant to have

As consumers, we are used to having a wide variety of choices available when considering any purchase or investment. The same element of choice exists in some of the most surprising settings. For example, many people don’t realise that patients are able to research, discuss and influence the type of implant used when they are […]

Exercise and hip osteoarthritis

When an area of the body is in pain or discomfort many people will naturally try to ease off exercising for fear of making the problem worse. However, stopping regular exercise in order to alleviate pain or to help counteract reduced mobility is actually contradictory to what experts recommend. For those with hip osteoarthritis, the […]

Worst and best-performing hip replacements revealed

Hip replacement operations are popular and common practice with around 175,000 hip operations being conducted every year in the United Kingdom. Over time, people’s bone density and joints deteriorate for a number of reasons and some they are referred for hip replacement treatment whereby some (or all) of the joint is replaced. The aim of […]

Study finds no increased risk for same-day hip replacement surgery

According to findings from a new US study into recovery from joint replacement surgery, there is no heightened risk to patients if their stay in hospital is shortened and they are encouraged to go home and take a more active role in their own rehabilitation. The findings, explained by surgeon Michael P. Ast of the […]

How best to prepare for hip replacement surgery

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ – this is applicable to most things in life, including recovering from surgery. There are a number of things that patients and their surgeons can do to ensure that patients are fully prepared for their surgery and the recovery period. Adhering to these […]

Dislocation after hip replacement

When a patient has been recommended for a total hip arthroplasty (THA, also known as a total hip replacement) one of the most common complications in the years following the surgery is hip dislocation. The NHS reports that this happens in around 10% of cases. This is a frustrating complication for all involved and it […]

Hip resurfacing or hip replacement: which is best for me?

If you’re a tennis fan then it will not have escaped your notice that Andy Murray has been having some difficulties recently, and these are being caused by repeated injuries to his hip joint which have finally developed into osteoarthritis. Murray has been suffering with the build-up of this condition for around a decade, and […]