Hip replacement surgery has a well deserved reputation for making a significant difference to those suffering from the pain and reduced mobility associated with an arthritic hip. Many people have benefited from the procedure with satisfaction rates post surgery in excess of 90%.

Hip replacement surgery typically requires a 3 to 5 day hospital stay. Patients require crutches initially but can normally walk unaided within 2 to 6 weeks. Driving a car is allowed as soon as you are able to comfortably weight-bear (2 to 6 weeks). Most people are able to return to office based jobs after 6 weeks.

Rowan Schouten performs hip replacement surgery at St Georges Hospital on behalf of many health insurance companies and is an affiliated provider for Southern Cross Health Society.

Further information and answers to common questions about hip replacement can be found in the 'surgery' section.