HIP ARTHRITIS AND SURGERY
Symptoms and initial treatment
Common symptoms of hip arthritis include aching groin pain, occasional buttock / thigh pain, stiffness, poor mobility and function and symptoms aggravated by activity.
The initial treatment of arthritis includes:
Simple analgesia with paracetamol
Consideration of a long-acting anti-inflammatory (in consultation with your GP)
Improvement of muscular strength around the hip and of the core muscles
Walking aid use
If this initial, non-surgical treatment is ineffective, Dr Brown may recommend surgery to improve function, sleep and quality of life for his patients. Dr Brown performs the following surgeries for arthritis of the hip.
In rare cases, a total hip joint replacement may need to be revised if it is causing significant symptoms related to infection, repeated dislocation, excessive wear, loosening, instability or pain. Extensive investigations must be first undertaken to determine the right diagnosis and course of action.