In January 2015 Andrea underwent a total right hip replacement operation performed by Professor Fehily at Spire Manchester Hospital. Having never had a procedure in a hospital before, Andrea was extremely nervous in the build up to her operation.
“Everybody was really nice, I cannot fault it, fantastic service!"
Andrea’s procedure was to be carried out using a spinal anaesthetic, meaning she would be awake during the procedure although she would not feel anything. Although initially she found this very daunting, Andrea felt the staff really went out of their way to put her at ease, “The whole way to theatre the nurses stayed with me and the anaesthetist talked to me throughout the procedure.”
While talking about her experience at Spire Manchester Hospital, Andrea said, “Everybody was really nice, I cannot fault it, fantastic service! From admission to discharge and from the lovely Professor Fehily to the cleaning ladies and all in between I was treated like a princess.”
“Professor Fehily was really really nice, he had a great sense of humour and was extremely professional. I would like to thank Professor Fehily and his nurses so much for their kindness.”
Andrea, Total right hip replacement surgery, January 2015
More information about hip replacement surgery
Hip replacement surgery is an operation to replace a damaged or worn hip joint with an artificial version. It is regarded as a long term solution for joint pain and immobility and is often the most effective treatment.
In the hip joint, the ball is formed by the top of the thigh bone (femur), whilst the socket is part of the pelvis. In the operation, your surgeon will remove the top part of the thigh bone, replacing it with a ball on a stem, which is inserted into the centre of the thigh bone. A plastic or metal cup will often be used to replace the socket. Some patients choose to receive a general anaesthetic before the operation, so that they are asleep for the duration of the procedure. A hip replacement can also sometimes be performed under regional anaesthetic, similarly to Andrea’s procedure.
A hip replacement operation may be worthwhile for you if:
- You suffer from severe pain
- The pain and lack of mobility is diminishing your quality of life and leaves you feeling depressed
- The pain and lack of mobility leave you unable to have a social life, work or complete everyday tasks
- Medications and treatments that you have tried have failed or cause severe side effects
The most common benefits that patients report after the operation are:
- Reduced pain
- Improved mobility
- Improved movement of the joint
- Improvement to their quality of life
Click here for more information about hip replacement procedures at Spire Manchester Hospital.