Arthroplasty or hip replacement

Hip arthroplasty is the surgical process of replacing the hip joint (formed by the head of the femur and the acetabulum of the pelvis) with a prosthesis.

Treatment characteristics

This operation is necessary when the patient has suffered an acetabular fracture of the hip, a fracture of the neck or head of the femur or suffers from arthrosis or some degenerative or tumoral disease of the hip, among other causes, which limit their mobility and cause them pain.

This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia (sometimes only epidural or locoregional is used) and usually requires between 1 to 3 hours.

 The intervention consists of:

– Cleaning the affected area

– Remove the head of the femur and the acetabulum from the hip (this may vary depending on the condition)

– Fitting the prosthesis and securing all parts

– Rebuilding muscles and tendons and suturing.

After your time in the recovery room you will be taken up to the ward, where you will stay for 3 to 5 days. On the ward you will receive the necessary care and rehabilitation to facilitate your discharge and return home.

Most patients who have undergone this surgery experience an almost total reduction in hip pain and a significant improvement in their quality of life as they are able to return to normal daily activities.

The recovery time to be able to return to your country is approximately 20 days.

Once in your country you will have to follow the guidelines given by the doctor so that you can finish your full recovery within 4 months. You will be able to return to your normal life in approximately six to twelve months.

If you are able to stay in Spain during the whole recovery process, you should stay here for around 4 months to monitor your progress with certain limitations, and between six and twelve months to achieve full recovery.

Relevant information

Physical improvement after the intervention

No pain 6 months later

Overall satisfaction

Cheaper than the UK or Germany



Treatment itinerary

Before treatment

During treatment

After treatment

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