Hip Treatments at Fitzwilliam Hospital


Your hip joint is one of the largest joints in your body offering major weight bearing support to your upper body. The hip joint is comprised of a hip bone and a socket, muscles, ligaments and cartilage.

Most often hip surgery is performed to relieve the pain of a hip fracture or hip arthritis. Here at Fitzwilliam Hospital our experienced hip surgeons perform hip arthroscopy, hip resurfacing, total hip replacement and hip revision surgeries.

We offer rapid access to the very best care for you hip problem including first class diagnostic services, excellent aftercare and comprehensive physiotherapy facilities.

Find out more with our frequently asked hip questions

Hip arthroscopy

A hip arthroscopy is used to investigate and treat a multitude of hip conditions using minimally invasive or keyhole surgery.

It involves inserting a fibre optic telescope with a camera and light on the end inside your hip joint so that your hip surgeon can see inside your hip via a monitor. They can then diagnose your condition and often they will treat it at the same time.

A hip arthroscopy can be used for the following conditions:

  • A torn labrum - tear in the cartilage that lines the rim of the socket. This can be trimmed or repaired.
  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) – also known as hip impingement syndrome. The cartilage or bone pinch and rub each other resulting in early joint wear. Treatment involves re-contouring the surfaces often by trimming bony bumps.
  • Loose bodies – these can be removed during hip arthroscopy.
  • Articular cartilage injuries – cartilage is often torn or damaged by an injury. Surgery aims to re-attach the cartilage or to stimulate new cartilage growth.
  • Synovitis – thickening of the joint lining and may benefit from trimming.
  • Snapping hip syndrome – tendons flick across bone spurs in your hip joint. Surgery can remove these bony lumps.
  • Hip joint infection – surgery can help drain the infection away.

Hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery may be recommended by your surgeon if your hip pain is persistent and interfering with your daily activities. Hip pain is often caused by a damaged or worn hip joint brought about by osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis or an injury such as a hip fracture.

You will be given a general anaesthetic or epidural anaesthesia. Your hip surgeon will remove the head of your thighbone (femoral head) and your damaged socket (acetabulum) and replace them with a prosthetic hip joint made of metal, ceramic or plastic. Your consultant orthopaedic surgeon will discuss with you the prosthetic options available.

This new joint aims to relieve your hip pain and improve your joint function making it easier for you to walk and move around.

Hip revision

If your hip pain returns after hip replacement surgery, then it may be due to a worn out hip replacement or an injury to it. Hip replacements normally last between ten and twenty years.

A hip revision may be required if your hip replacement has worn out or if you’ve had an injury. During hip revision surgery your hip surgeon will repair or replace part or all of your artificial hip. This should relieve your pain and improve mobility around your hip again.

Pre- Operative Joint School

All patients undergoing knee or hip replacement are encouraged to watch this short video before their operation. It summarises some key points from the joint replacement booklet you will receive at your pre-assessment appointment.

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