How is a hip replacement performed?


A hip replacement may be needed if you have severe damage to your hip joint which is causing painful symptoms. It is commonly performed on older patients who have osteoarthritis.

During hip replacement surgery, the joint is removed and replaced with an artificial one.

Your orthopaedic hip surgeon will perform your hip replacement by:

  1. Making a small incision in the thigh to access the hip joint
  2. Remove the damaged femur (ball of the thighbone) and socket
  3. Implant the replacement socket
  4. Insert a short metal stem with a ball on it into the ball of the thighbone
  5. Close the incision with stitches.

A hip replacement can hugely reduce pain, with almost all patients getting complete, or near complete relief from arthritic hip pain, and thus increased mobility.

Minimally invasive hip surgery

Mr Makrides offers minimally invasive hip surgery using the Direct Superior Approach. This avoids damage to surrounding muscles and tissue which results in a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery time.

Robotic assisted hip surgery

Mr Makrides can also perform hip replacement surgery using the Mako robotic arm assisted surgery. This is carried out at Spire Little Aston Hospital and allows your surgeon to use the robotic arm to guide him along pre-defined areas using real time tracking which adjusts to the smallest of movements. This results in extremely precise surgery with minimal blood loss, scarring and post operative pain.

How do I book a consultation?

You can book either a face to face or virtual consultation with Mr Makrides by contacting his secretary. You can find her details here.

Appointments are available via private medical insurance or paying for yourself. Click here for the most up to date self funding fees, and here for private medical insurance information.


Welcome to the Midland Hip and Knee Clinic based at Spire Parkway in Solihull, Spire Little Aston in Sutton Coldfield and Spire South Bank in Worcester. We offer Self-funding and Private Insurance payment options.

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