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Does my Hip need replacing?

The most common reason to perform hip replacement surgery is when the cartilage in your hip joint has worn out (osteoarthritis) and you are in pain. Other less common reasons to replace a hip are consequences of previous  paediatric  hip disorders such as dislocated/dysplastic hip, Perthe’s disease, slipped femoral epiphysis, trauma (fracture / broken hip), avascular necrosis (results from interruption of  blood supply to the hip joint), infection, or inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Whilst the average age of patients undergoing hip replacement surgery is between 60 and 80, younger patients may need hip replacement surgery. To see whether you may benefit from hip replacement surgery please run our hip test below.

Harris Hip Score Self Assessment Test*

1. During the past 4 weeks, how would you describe the pain you usually have from your hip?

  No pain
  Very mild

2. When does your hip pain occur?

  No hip pain
  With the first few steps, then it disappears
  After long walks
  With all walking
  At all times

3. Do you limp due to your hip?

  No limp
  Slight limp
  Moderate limp
  Severe limp

4. What do you use to walk?

  I walk without aides
  A cane - for long walks only
  A cane - at all times
  A crutch
  2 canes
  2 crutches
  A walker frame
  Can’t walk

5. Are you able to get up out of a chair?

  Yes - without using arms
  Yes - using arms for support

6. Have you had any trouble getting in and out of a car, or using public transport because of your hip? (whichever you tend to use)

  No trouble at all
  Very little trouble
  Moderate trouble
  Extreme difficulty

7. Have you been able to put on a pair of socks, stockings or tights?

  Yes, easily
  Yes, with a little difficulty
  Yes, with moderate difficulty
  Yes, with extreme difficulty

8. Are you able to go up and down stairs?

  Yes, without problems
  Yes, on foot over the other with bannister
  Yes, one step at a time

9. During the past 4 weeks, how long have you been able to walk before the pain from your hip becomes severe?

  No limitation from hip
  Outdoors - more than 60 minutes
  Outdoors - 30-60 minutes
  Outdoors - less than 30 minutes
  Indoors only
  Unable to walk

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*The online self-assessment is based on the internationally accepted Harris Hip Score questionnaire. Harris Hip Score Questionnaire is widely used by orthopaedic surgeons around the world, as part of the patient examination and assessment process. The Harris Hip Test usually includes a physical examination (done by your surgeon). As this has been left out, your score may vary from that you would receive from your surgeon.

Your results are not recorded and there is no requirement to provide us with any personal details in order to complete it.