Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Osteoarthritis of the hip is a common condition and often presents with a pain in the hip, groin or thigh. Occasionally patients complain of a grating or clicking sound within their hip and a limited range of motion.
This is common in the 5th decade of life and thereafter, but occasionally can occur in younger patients. In the early stages painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory medication may help, but as the condition worsens conservative measures may not improve the patients’ quality of life.
Quality of life can be improved with a hip replacement, and this is an extremely successful operation, with success rates of approximately 98%. Hip replacement surgery has developed greatly over the last few decades.
Total Hip Replacement (THR) with Mr. Rajaratnam
Although Mr. Rajaratnam is known nationally as one of the leading knee experts in the country, he also performs about 70 – 100 THR’s annually, and has been fellowship-trained in this sub-speciality too.
He has published leading articles over the years in peer- reviewed journals on the longevity of hip implants and hip bearing surfaces.
Most hip replacements are now inserted through a relatively small incision (minimally invasive surgery) and most patients are able to walk the day after surgery, going home a day or two later.
Mr.Rajaratnam uses a mini posterior technique for total hip replacement, which does not cut the abductor muscles, so that patients regain normal walking function quickly.
Meticulous surgical technique and well-established rapid recovery programmes have helped improve the patients’ experience and rate of recovery following this operation.