Patient Specific Hip Replacement

  • Patients with symptomatic Osteoarthritis require a Total Hip Replacement
  • Involves removal of entire head (ball) and acetabulum (socket) and replacement with an implant via a minimally invasive approach
  • Pre op 3D CT allows for very accurate matching of implant to patient (Custom plan)
  • Less than 10% of patients have very abnormal anatomy and require full Custom implant (Patient is always informed of this)
  • Half of these custom patients would not be known without 3D CT planning
  • 2D planning (99% of surgeons’ technique) can result in 1-3cm+ of placement error
  • Implants are made of Titanium with Delta ceramic bearings (Symbios Orthopaedics)
  • We have found 3D planned patients have faster recovery and better functional outcome


Frequently Asked Questions – Hip Replacement

When should I start physiotherapy?

Before your outpatient appointment at 2 weeks post op

How long should I have physiotherapy for?

6 months

When can I drive?

3-4 weeks post op at earliest, when you can perform an emergency stop safely and you are off crutches

Is pain expected?

Mild to moderate for 1-2 weeks

How long will I be off work for?

4-6 weeks with a graduated return over the following 4 weeks. You will have limited mobility and walking times/distances for the first 6-8 weeks. Full commute is expected after 8 weeks

Will I be able to walk normally?

Yes, but it will take 4-6 weeks minimum and depends on therapy program

How long do I need to wear stockings for?

3-4 weeks

How long do I need to keep my dressing on for?

2 weeks

Can I go home by myself?


When can I start exercising?

2 weeks post procedure and with the advice from your Physiotherapist

When can I fly?

After 6 weeks