Total Hip Replacement Nowra

What is a Total Hip Replacement?

A total hip replacement (also called hip arthroplasty) is a safe and common procedure. In fact, approximately 40,000 people get a new hip in Australia each year.

During a total hip replacement, your South Coast Orthopaedics surgeon will remove your damaged joint surface and replace it with an artificial implant. This procedure requires admission to hospital, anaesthesia, major surgery, and rehabilitation.

Why do I need one?

If your surgeon has suggested a total hip replacement, it’s probably because you are experiencing severe hip pain that cannot be controlled through diet, exercise or medication.

Most people who need a total hip replacement have experienced either:
Deciding to have a total hip replacement is a big decision, and you should talk to your GP as well as our specialist orthopaedic surgeon and family members about what this will mean for you.

How long does recovery from a total hip replacement take?

Your recovery time will depend on your own individual situation; however, with regular physiotherapy, most patients find that they can walk short distances without pain within 4 to 6 weeks. Most patients can walk as far as they want to after about 12 weeks.

How should I prepare for a total hip replacement?

Taking the time to prepare for a total hip replacement can help you recover faster and ensure a successful result. Here are some tips on how to best prepare: