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COVID-19

Please note that due to the coronavirus we are deferring all appointments for further care. The progression of the virus throughout the region will determine when we can re-start seeing routine patients again. We do hope that we can get the service up and running and soon as possible.

Should you feel that your symptoms are causing you serious concerns or that you feel you cannot wait for further contact please do contact your GP as soon as possible or in an emergency situation please attend your local Accident and Emergency Department.

Once we are in a position to resume the service we will be in touch with patients individually.

When the hips are damaged, a replacement may be an option where physiotherapy or medication has not been effective.

Hip replacement is one of the most common and successful operations performed worldwide. It is generally performed for arthritis, in which the surfaces of the joint become worn, leading to pain and reduced movement.

The hip and knee surgery team at Somerset Surgical Services specialises in the following procedures:

  • Total hip replacement The operation involves replacing the damaged joint   Many designs exist, and many surface finishes for the interior of the joint. Depending on a variety of factors such as age, quality of bone and activity level the ‘bearing surfaces’ can consist of metal, plastic, or ceramic in various combinations

After the operation patients generally walk the following day under the guidance of a physiotherapist. Discharge from hospital normally occurs 3-5 days after surgery, and patients are generally provided with advice about care of their new hip joint. Normal walking (without any trace of a limp) normally returns within 3 months, but until then patients often use a walking stick for support.