Hip Replacement Surgery

Nowadays hip replacement surgery has become a commonplace procedure.Total hip replacement (THR) is a surgical procedure that relieves pain from most kinds of hip arthritis, improving the quality of life for the large majority of patients who undergo the operation.

Total Hip Joint Replacement Preparing Surgery Instructions
A booking has been made for your operation to place at Southern Cross Hospital North Harbour Hospital or Ascot Hospital
Please report to the hospital on date and time provided - make sure you have nothing to eat or drink after times specified in letter from my orthopaedic rooms.

For 10 days prior to surgery please do not take the following medications: Anti-inflammatories such as Aspirin, Cartia, Brufen,Voltaren, Synflex, Naprosyn, Nurofen, Diclofenac acid, or any health supplements especially those containing aloe vera, gingko or arnica as they may lead to bleeding. Warfarin needs to be stopped five days before surgery.


In the time leading up to your operation please take care not to injure yourself, especially the limb being operated on, as any skin sores or skin infections will delay your operation. Please contact your GP or Dr Hugh Blackley if you have any questions relating to this.


Please take with you any pills or medicines you are currently taking and your x-rays if you have them.


You will be sent a Southern Cross North Harbour or Ascot Hospital Patient Admission Pack. Inside this folder are Patient Admission Forms which need to be completed and returned to the hospital approximately 4 days prior to surgery. Enclosed is a postage - paid envelope for you to use.


On the day of surgery you will be expected to arrive at the hospital 2-3 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time, if you are not admitted the night before. You should have had your blood tests 5-7 days prior to surgery, if not let the admitting nurse know. Please bring any x-rays you have to the hospital.

The operation time is an estimate, it can be adjusted for various reasons and the staff will inform you if the time is changed. We recommend that you wear loose fitting slacks to the hospital, it is much easier for you after surgery.

A physiotherapist will greet you prior to surgery, fit you for crutches, educated you on the precautions of hip surgery. The physio will get you up and walking about 4 hours after surgery. The first day after surgery the physio will assess your walking ability and provide an exercise program.

When it is time for your surgery, a nurse will take you to the surgical area. Once you arrive in the operating suite, you will be taken to an anaesthetic bay where Dr Blackley and his anaesthetist will greet you. When everything is ready, you will be taken into the operating room. The operating rooms must remain cold but extra blankets are provided to you.


Please note that there may be additional charges for plaster and dressing changes by your GP or Accident and Medical Clinic post-operatively.

Further Information Total Hip Replacement Surgery :

If you have any queries on Total Hip Joint Replacement Surgery please do not hesitate to contact Dr Hugh Blackley's practice rooms during office hours on 09 522 2980