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What Does A Worn-Out Hip Feel Like?


What is a Hip Labral Tear?

If you have found that previous treatments have been unsuccessful and you have exhausted various non-surgical approaches such as pain management and physical therapy, then it may be time to schedule a consultation. When methods such as painkillers, physiotherapy, osteopathy, exercise, and weight loss were once effective but are no longer providing relief from your hip pain, it may be appropriate to consider hip replacement surgery.

You might be thinking, is it worth getting hip surgery? Hip replacement surgery is an


Physical Therapy For A Labrum Tear In The Hip


What is a Hip Labral Tear?

A hip labral tear refers to the damage sustained to the labrum, a band of cartilage encircling the hip joint. This typically arises from repetitive movements, such as engaging in activities like long-distance running and sports involving repetitive twisting and turning such as hockey soccer and football. Other causes may include general wear and tear of the hip or trauma such as a car accident. The symptoms of a hip labral tear can vary in its intensity and presentation.

The rehabilitation process for this injury typically


Hip Labral Tear: Road to Recovery Without Surgery


The hip joint consists of a ball-socket joint, with the acetabulum serving as the shallow socket. Supporting the hip is the labrum, a ring composed of fibrocartilage and connective tissue that attaches to the acetabulum. The labrum plays a crucial role in providing stability to the hip joint, when a hip labral tear occurs it is typically caused by direct trauma or activities that involve repetitive movements. Symptoms of a hip labral tear may not always be present, but some people may experience a sensation of joint locking, clicking or catching, hip pain, or stiffness in the hip joint. This condition may also


Hip Replacement Waiting List In Australia


If you’ve had the question ‘How long is the waiting list for a hip operation?’it can vary depending on whether you choose the public or private healthcare system. In the public system, waiting times are much longer due to the high demand and the need to prioritise treatment based on urgency. For elective surgeries like hip replacement, you will be placed on a waiting list which will typically be 3+ years in public.

What Constitutes Elective Surgery?

Elective surgery refers to planned surgical procedures that can be scheduled in advance following a clinical evaluation by a


Is It Worth Getting Hip Replacement Surgery?


When you have reached the stage where hip surgery becomes necessary to alleviate your discomfort, it is likely that you want to be well-informed of your available options by seeing a hip specialist. Read on to learn more about the associated benefits and risks, so you can evaluate whether a hip replacement is right for you.

You might be thinking to yourself, should I have a hip replacement? An arthritic hip can impact all facets of your life, so it’s an important decision and the question of ‘Should I have a hip


How Much Does A Hip Replacement Cost Privately?


You have been having long-term hip pain and restricted movement for quite some time now, your quality of life has been affected by it and nothing seems to be improving your condition, your doctor has finally recommended you need a hip replacement and to see a hip specialist. All you can see now is dollar signs flashing in front of your eyes!

Medicare will cover the costs if you go through the public sector, however there is a significant waiting list time for public operations and you may well decide you want to go privately.

What is the Cost of a Hip


Is A Hip Replacement Covered By Medicare?

The cost of a hip replacement is one of the more expensive reconstructive orthopaedic surgeries you can have, and with the total costs coming in at around $25,000-$30,000, this can have a big impact on who thinks they can afford it. There are other additional costs also related to this surgery such as blood tests, scans and x-rays so it is extremely important to be aware of what different insurance companies will cover, and the type of cover you choose to buy.

All Australian residents are covered by the public health system through the universal healthcare insurance scheme known as Medicare, which is publicly funded and


Long-Term Exercises After A Hip Replacement


It is not a good idea to put too much stress too soon on your new hip joint, however, it is important to begin specific exercises as advised by your doctor as soon as possible after your hip replacement and these exercises can be done long term. Sitting for long periods is not good as this may cause further muscle weakness, stiffness and pain, even though you feel you are resting and recovering – gentle, functional exercises are far more beneficial from the start. For example, slowly rotating and moving your foot up and down will help improve circulation and prevent blood clots from forming,


Total Hip Replacement Protocol


The aim of having Total Hip Replacement surgery is to improve mobility, increase strength and flexibility and reduce pain within and around the joint. It is important to remember that the surgery will correct the problems within the joint, but the associated muscle weakness that may have developed over time due to the problems within the joint will require post-operative rehabilitation that will take time post-surgery.

Dr. Slattery gives personal and individual care to all his patients and will advise you on a total hip replacement rehabilitation


When Can I Shower After Having A Hip Replacement?


With so much information on the internet today, deciding what is the best advice for you can be a little overwhelming, especially when you’ve had hip surgery and you don’t know what to expect from your post-operative care regime.

There are many different types of total hip replacement today, and different techniques are used by various surgeons, so depending on the type of surgery you have, recovery times and advice on restrictions may vary, so it is always important to follow your doctor’s advice.

Dr David Slattery


When is it too Late to Get a Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures, especially, although not exclusively, in older patients. But exactly when does a hip need to be replaced? With an ageing population who are more active than ever before, hip total replacements are becoming an essential factor to maintaining an independent and active lifestyle. But can you be too old for the procedure? Research suggests that most operations are carried out on patients who are between 60 and 80 years old. This is mainly because


Walking Unaided After a Hip Replacement

How do you know if you need a hip replacement? The best place to start would be to understand what hip replacement surgery is. This common procedure replaces the injured hip joint with an artificial replica. There are options for hip replacement surgery, and this will be discussed with your doctor and Melbourne orthopaedic surgeon, but all avenues require a general anaesthetic or an epidural to relieve pain. Although not taken lightly, hip replacement surgery in Australia are one of the most common


When Can You Walk Unaided After A Hip Replacement

It goes without saying that the primary goal is to be walking unaided after hip replacement. But the real burning question is when will that be? And what can I do to support this? Rehabilitation is different for every patient, and walking unaided is likely to come sooner to younger parties, or those without any existing medical conditions. However, following advice from your orthopedic doctor in Melbourne, or physical therapist and completing an exercise plan will provide the best chance of a smooth recovery, and most importantly, gain back your


Will I Be Pain-Free After Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement surgery in Australia is one of the most common procedures, and as a result, one of the safest surgeries to perform. Nevertheless, discomfort following your procedure, especially at the initial stage, is still an inescapable aspect of your recovery. So, what is normal pain after hip replacement surgery? This differs for every patient, often depending on external factors such as age and pre-existing medical conditions. Following the operation, it is helpful to create a ‘pain goal’ or scale


Hip Replacement Timeline for Recovery

Recovery after hip replacement differs for all patients, depending on a multitude of factors, such as age, preexisting medical conditions and lifestyle choices. However, it’s important to discuss what typical recovery looks like after a hip replacement, as well as understand how to have an active role in your own rehabilitation. Work that you put in before the op, often referred to as pre-rehabilitation, can have a huge impact on your recovery. For instance, supporting healthy and active routines will strengthen your body in readiness for


Approach to a Anterior Hip Replacement Scar

Hip replacement surgeries have become a common procedure for alleviating pain and improving mobility in individuals suffering from hip joint deterioration. Among the various approaches to this surgery, the anterior approach is gaining popularity due to its potential benefits. One significant aspect of hip replacement surgery is the resulting scar.

In anterior hip replacement surgery, an incision usually 8cm to 10cm in length is made into the groin area in order to gain access to the hip. Unlike traditional surgical methods, this


Post Op Labral Hip Tear Rehab Protocol

A labral hip tear is a common injury that can cause discomfort and limit hip joint mobility. For those who need to undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum, a structured and comprehensive rehabilitation protocol is crucial to achieve a successful recovery. Your hip surgeon and physiotherapy team will provide you with a plan that will help you to regain strength, stability and function in your hip joint.

Continue reading to learn more about labral tear hip protocol.

Early Post-Operative Phase (Day 1 Through 2


Symptoms of a Hip Labral Tear | Treatments and Causes

The hip comprises a ball and socket joint. A hip labral tear is an injury to the labrum, the soft cartilage structure that surrounds the socket. The injury occurs when the labrum is torn from its attachment in the socket and generally results in pain, reduced function and a clicking or locking of the joint.

Learn more about the symptoms of a hip labrum tear, treatments and causes below.

Symptoms of a Hip Labral Tear

The symptoms of a hip labral tear vary dependent on the severity of the injury and whether you suffer from a chronic


Anterior Hip Replacement Recovery: Taking it Week By Week

An anterior hip replacement is a surgical procedure that involves making an incision into the groin area to remove and replace damaged or diseased parts of the hip with artificial implants. This leads to a significant period of anterior hip replacement recovery before one can resume daily duties without restrictions.

But what does the recovery time for total hip replacement look like? And what can you expect from recovery week by week after an anterior hip replacement? Here’s a detailed


Essential Precautions After Anterior Hip Replacement (Post-Surgery)

Hip replacement surgery in Australia has become a common procedure for individuals seeking relief from chronic hip pain and improved mobility. Among the various approaches to hip replacement, the anterior approach to a hip replacement has gained popularity due to its potential for quicker recovery and reduced muscle damage. However, like any surgical procedure, it requires certain precautions and approaches to ensure a seamless recovery.

Here are some precautions for your anterior approach hip


How Long Does a Hip Replacement Take?

A hip replacement is a common procedure whereby damaged or diseased parts of the hip joint are removed and/or replaced with artificial implants. Undoubtedly, this surgery can transform your life and allow you to complete daily activities that normally cause pain and discomfort.

When faced with hip replacement surgery in Australia, it’s only natural to wonder ‘how long does a hip replacement surgery take’. Here’s everything you need to know about the procedure.

Understanding Your


Can I run after a hip replacement?

If you have been informed that you require a hip replacement at a young age, chances are that you want to remain as fit and active as possible. Dr Slattery sees many young people who are highly active, playing sports, having highly physical jobs, and running around after young families.  Expectations following hip replacement are quite different to 15-20 years ago, when hip replacements were traditionally thought of as only being for older, less mobile patients. These days, most patients after hip replacement are able to get back into most of their pre-replacement


How long will my hip replacement last?

If you have been informed that you require a hip replacement, one of the most common questions is how long is it likely to last.  

There have been huge advances in hip replacement technology, with new minimally invasive anterior approaches that quicken recovery times and mean you are back into action faster, but how long does a hip replacement actually last, and what is your risk of needing to have it changed over?

Most people believe that a hip replacement will only last 10-15years, and that if you have a hip replacement at a young age, that you are going to need to have it


Questions to Ask when Choosing an Orthopaedic Surgeon

If you have been informed that you require an orthopaedic procedure or if you have been diagnosed with an orthopaedic problem with respect to your bones or joints, it can be very difficult to choose an orthopaedic surgeon to treat you.

With so many orthopaedic surgeons practising in Melbourne, this can be a very overwhelming choice to make. Therefore, it is important to come prepared with a number of questions to ask your preferred orthopedic surgeon so you can determine the best one for your needs.

Finding the best orthopedic surgeon


What’s Causing my Hip Pain?

It is critical that your hip pain is evaluated by a hip specialist, as hip pain can be caused by structures around the hip, or it can be referred from the back or abdominal organs. If you are experiencing hip pain, being evaluated by an orthopaedic hip surgeon is essential to ensure a correct diagnosis and treatment plan.

Structures in the hip which commonly cause pain include the labrum, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles. There can be considerable overlap in the structures which are causing pain, as multiple problems can be occurring at the


Tips on Returning to Work After Surgery

It can be very difficult to know when to return to work after having an orthopaedic procedure performed. When you will be fit to return to work depends upon a number of factors including the type of work you do, the type of surgery you have undergone, your weight-bearing restrictions, the use of a gait aid or crutches, your age, and other medical comorbidities.

Type of surgery

The type of surgery has a distinct bearing on when you will be able to return to work. Even with rapid recovery protocols and minimally invasive techniques, most


Why Should You Consider Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery?

If you suffer from a form of arthritis, your doctor may recommend a robotic knee replacement. An evolving technique that has become increasingly common since 2008, robotic knee replacement uses high-precision computer-controlled instruments to replace the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint. 

Dr David Slattery has extensive experience performing both traditional and robotic knee replacements and is able to advise patients on the most suitable approach for their


Can Physical Therapy Help Me Avoid Hip Replacement?

While advances in technique have reduced the amount of recovery time required after a hip replacement, it’s understandable that patients want to consider conservative options prior to surgery. 

Dr David Slattery has extensive experience providing pre-operative support for osteoarthritis patients. A key component in his conservative treatment schedule is the use of physical therapy. In this article, Dr Slattery discusses the utility of physical therapy for osteoarthritis patients, its effect on existing cases of hip arthritis, and its use in a


How do you know when it’s time for hip replacement surgery?

We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to know what is causing your recurring hip pain, and working through the process of getting a diagnosis can be very frustrating. No one should be suffering chronic pain in their hips as there are options available to rectify the problems you are having. 

Hip pain can have a myriad of causes but not all of them can be relieved by a hip replacement. Anything from sciatica to rheumatoid arthritis can cause stiffness and other long lasting issues that radiate through the buttocks and legs, ultimately


What are the best recovery exercises after knee replacement surgery?

The road to recovery after a knee replacement can seem daunting, but the pay off for the hard work is life changing, especially if you have been living with chronic pain and recurring injuries in your knee. A strong commitment to physical rehabilitation after a knee


Rehabilitation After Hip Replacement Surgery

If you’re considering hip replacement surgery, one of the key areas you’ll discuss with your healthcare professional is your post-operative recovery. 

Dr David Slattery has extensive experience in complex hip surgery, with specialisations in minimally invasive muscle sparing hip replacement and hip arthroscopy. Central to his practice is patient communication – to that end, Dr Slattery has prepared this article outlining a few key points about post-operative


How Long Does It Take to Recover from Hip Replacement Surgery?

Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement is major surgery, requiring a careful and considered approach to ensure the best and speediest path to recovery. Regardless


What is Robotic Knee Replacement?

Recent advances in technology are changing the way many orthopaedic surgeons – including Dr David Slattery – are conducting common procedures. Key amongst these is the rise in the use of robotic knee replacement as an option for patients suffering from various forms of arthritis as well as other conditions. But what is it, and is it right for your condition? 

In this blog,


What is an Orthopaedic Surgeon?

Pain in your tendons, joints or muscles can have a significant impact on your day to day life. From stopping you doing the activities you love to making something as simple as driving, shopping or working painful and difficult, long-term pain can stop you being your best.

Fortunately, there is help. Many Australians experiencing pain in these areas find value in speaking to an orthopaedic surgeon. These professionals can help you understand the underlying cause of your back, knee or hip pain, helping you overcome it and return to the things you love the most.

Dr David Slattery is devoted to helping his patients


Is Hip Replacement Surgery a Good Idea at Age 45?

Hip replacement is often thought of as a surgery for the elderly. The association of hip replacement with the elderly means that many patients below a certain age likely do not consider themselves candidates for the surgery.

That’s an assumption for a number of reasons as we’ll explore in this blog. Broadly, advances in prosthetic technology mean that age is factoring less and less into the decision to embark on hip replacement surgery, with patients of all ages experiencing significant and long-lasting arthritic pain relief after the procedure. If you’re 45 or younger and wondering if you should discuss hip


What is Rehabilitation Like After Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement is one of the most common surgeries performed in Australia, but common does not mean minor. Like all major surgeries, there is a rehabilitation period immediately after hip replacement. This rehabilitation period is designed to ensure that the surgery is as successful as possible at addressing the condition, helping you regain mobility quickly and effectively.

In this blog, we’ll go through a few key points to be aware of during the rehabilitation period, helping you better understand your needs in this time.

Note that this is general advice, and your situation may change depending on the hip



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