‘Too young’ for hip replacement?

Hip replacement surgery is traditionally seen as a procedure for older people, but anyone of any age can suffer from hip pain, and if hip pain is interfering with your daily activities then you should see your doctor.

Who is a candidate for hip replacement surgery?

Anyone could be a candidate for a hip replacement, if they have joint problems. From young mothers to athletes, hip pain doesn’t discriminate and if you are struggling with pain in your hip joints, hip surgery can help you to make a return to your previous form.

Even classically trained dancer Craig Revel Horwood underwent hip surgery aged 48, returning to his position as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing within a week (although usually surgeons recommend a recovery period of at least four weeks, and 38-year-old dancer Angela Towler, of the Rambert Dance Company, had a hip replacement in 2013 and was back on stage later that year.

When does hip pain become serious?

When it starts to interfere with your ability to carry out normal, everyday activities, hip pain is a problem that you should consult your doctor about. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Manoj Sikand, who performs hip surgery in Birmingham, suggests the following indicators that might prompt you to book an appointment with your GP:

  • Hip pain that prevents you from sleeping
  • Difficulty going up and down stairs due to hip pain
  • Pain medication having little effect
  • Trouble moving from sitting to standing

What sorts of hip surgery are available?

Mr Sikand offers the following types of hip surgery in Birmingham:

  • Total hip replacement
  • Hip resurfacing – this is often suitable for younger, more active patients
  • Minimally invasive hip replacement
  • Revision hip replacement
  • Surgical treatment for arthritis
  • Sports injury treatment

For more information or to book a consultation for hip surgery in Birmingham, please contact us.

Hip replacement FAQs

Here’s some of the frequently asked questions from patients attending Mr Manoj Sikand’s orthopaedic clinic considering a hip replacement procedure.

Am I a suitable candidate for a hip replacement operation?

Typically, patients suffer from increasing discomfort and a limit on their mobility as a result of problems relating to either one or both of their hips. This is usually the result of osteoarthritis where the cartilage present in the hip joins has worn away as a result of wear or tear. Rheumatoid arthritis causes the immune system to attack the lining of the joints. If you have suffered a bad fall then you may need a new hip as a result.

Initially, they seek advice from their GP who will then usually refer them to an orthopaedic surgeon. Patients referred to Mr Manoj Sikand at his private practice at the BMI The Edgbaston Hospital or NHS practice at Sandwell and West Birmingham Teaching Hospitals, are then examined and assessed to ensure that a hip replacement procedure is the best option for them at this time.

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

The recovery process is very individual, depending on the patient’s health and fitness levels prior to undergoing surgery. Generally, you will stay in hospital after a hip replacement for at least a few nights after surgery.

What’s the difference between partial and total hip replacement?

Partial hip replacement involves replacing half of the hip joint – typically the ball of femur becomes worn down from arthritis. In a total hip replacement, the top part of the thigh bone is totally removed. The ball that fits in the pelvic socket is replaced with an artificial ball.

How long will my new hip last?

Again this is not something that is possible to predict with complete certainty as it can depend on your activity levels and age at the time of surgery. Typically, hips can last for twenty years.

For more information on your options relating to hip replacement surgery, get in touch to book a consultation with orthopaedic surgeon Mr Manoj Sikand.

Welcome to my new website

I am delighted to announce the launch of my new website covering all the necessary treatment information relating to orthopaedic surgery of the hip and knee. This includes knee and hip replacement surgery and treatment options for those suffering from arthritis. To book a consultation or for more information, call 07796 672 747.