Total hip replacement (THR) surgery
Swiss Medical Network clinics perform more than 1,700 total hip replacements every year. Our highly experienced surgical teams have access to state-of-the-art technology and offer the most innovative and safest surgical techniques to meet the specific needs of each patient.
Why have hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery is usually performed to treat coxarthrosis (osteoarthritis of the hip). Coxarthrosis may be caused by a number of factors, including injury, deformity or ageing. Depending on how advanced your condition is, we may be able to offer conservative treatment options. However, if there is too much wear and tear to the cartilage and bone forming the hip joint, an artificial hip prosthesis may need to be fitted to replace the damaged joint.
Different shapes and materials are available, for example a ceramic head, polyethylene components and an anatomic, cementless stem. Your surgeon will ensure you receive the type of prosthesis that is safest for you and most appropriate for your needs, for example your level of activity and bone quality.
What are the benefits?
By treating coxarthrosis, the aim of hip replacement surgery is to:
- Significantly reduce pain
- Restore mobility
- Improve the quality of everyday life
Only your surgeon, a proficient medical professional, has the expertise and experience to offer you the best possible care for your condition.
Hospital stay and post-surgery rehabilitation care
We believe that following the instructions received before your procedure plays a key role in your care.
A pre-operative assessment will be carried out to determine whether you will have a regional or a general anaesthetic. The procedure takes an average of one to two hours. You will stay in hospital for between five and seven days, depending on how quickly you recover.
After surgery and supported by our specialist teams, you will be expected to quickly start your physiotherapy programme and gradually do more and more exercises. You will be able to get up and walk, initially using a walking aid, and then without any support.
It is very important that you follow the physiotherapy and rehabilitation programme closely to ensure your procedure is as successful as possible.
You can usually return to driving after a few weeks, depending on how quickly you recover and wich hip was replaced. You can also expect to return to sports after a few months, depending on the type of physical activity. However, we recommend that high-impact contact sports should still be avoided.
What is a hip prosthesis?
An ‘artificial hip,’ known as a prosthesis, is used to replace a small part of the worn joint, using mechanical components that form a new surface, allowing the joint to move smoothly without pain. The prosthesis is made up of several component parts and various materials:
- A titanium femoral stem
- A ceramic or metal femoral head
- A polyethylene or ceramic liner and acetabular cup
Depending on your medical condition, bone quality, level of activity and various other factors, your surgeon will choose the prosthesis and surgical technique that are best for you.