Hip arthritis is one of the leading causes of hip pain with around 70-80% of adults over the age of 70 suffering from some degree of arthritis. Fortunately, only 10-30% are in pain or showing symptoms. Arthritis is mainly an age-related degenerative disease, and as we grow older, the accumulation of daily wear and tear.


However, hip arthritis is becoming more common in young people who engage in competitive sports like Soccer, Rugby, and Gaelic Football. We have all heard of Andy Murray (the tennis player) and his struggles with hip pain and how it affected his international participation in the Grand Slams ending in a partial hip replacement and cutting short his career.

Hip replacement surgery to relieve pain and improve mobility can be performed as a total replacement or a semi (half) replacement. The average age for a hip replacement is between 60-80 year. Currently, it is one of the most common orthopaedic operations.
So what are the limitations, success and patient satisfaction rates?

Based on information from the Arthritis Foundation in the USA

Pain Before and After Hip Surgery

  • 90%  – Of patients who had moderate pain before their first surgery reported mild or no pain after five years.
  • 89%  – Of patients with severe pain before their first surgery reported mild or no pain after five years.
  • 80%  – Of those in moderate pain before revision hip surgery reported mild or no pain after five years.
  • 78%  – Of those with severe pain before revision hip surgery reported mild or no pain after five years.


Surgery Success Rate

This surgery’s success rate is high, with greater than 95% of patients experiencing relief from hip pain. The success rate of hip replacements ten years after surgery is 90- 95% and at 20 years 80-85%.

Limitations After Hip Surgery

Some patients still have limitations after total hip surgery in activities like walking, climbing steps and getting in and out of a car.

Seven percent of patients with moderate limitations and 20% of patients with severe limitations before their first surgery still had severe limitations after five years.

Among those having revision surgery or a second hip replacement, 13% had moderate limitations and 30% with severe limitations reported severe limitations after five years – so 70% were doing well.

Role of Regenerative Medicine

Any treatment or procedure’s success should be based on a patient’s needs rather than merely figures and statistics. Hip replacement surgery has proven successful for many aged between 60-80 years old, but what about those at that age but still reasonably active? What about the young who still want to walk, compete, and go to the gym?? What about those who are not fit for surgery or who don’t want it??

Regenerative Treatments (stem cell therapy) offer patients another option, widening the spectrum of choice with no risks or side effects. Regenerative Medicine or Stem cell therapy for hips may be able to provide pain relief for many of those unhappy to go ahead with surgery.

Autologous Hip Stem Cell Treatment for Hip Osteoarthritis is a minimally invasive procedure. Adult Stem Cells are taken from your body and injected into the Hip under a local anaesthetic.

Once injected into your HIP, the Stem Cells initiate a healing process that is assisted with a platelet-rich plasma concentrate (PRP) extracted from your blood. Your PRP is rich in growth factors that allow the stem cells to thrive and self-repair tissue and has an instant anti-inflammatory effect.

Stem Cell Therapy provides a Walk-in Walk-out clinic-based treatment with very low-risk involved, avoiding hospitalisation, the general risk of surgery and offering another alternative to hip replacement where applicable.