HIP Block

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  • Follow up Consultation £150

HIP Block

This is a diagnostic test in that it is sometimes used to make sure that pain is coming from the hip joint before other surgery (such as hip replacement) is planned. This is because hip pain can sometimes be referred from the back or pelvis.

Yet, it can also be a very useful therapeutic investigation. For a range of hip conditions, including osteoarthritis, it can give a good relief of symptoms from anywhere from a few months up to one to two years.

The procedure involves inserting a very fine needle into the hip joint under x-ray control then injecting a radio-opaque dye into the joint to confirm correct positioning. Once in the joint, local anaesthetic and cortisone are injected. This can be performed either under local anaesthetic or under a short general anaesthetic. In both instances the operation is performed as a day case in hospital and operating theatres.

Normally an hour after the procedure the patient can be got up and start to walk. Driving or operating machinery is not recommended for 24 hours after the injection.

The procedure has very few risks. The anaesthetic is short and the risks from this are very small, the operation is performed in theatre to reduce the risk of infection. The main side effect is that one in thirty patients, usually women, can get some facial flushing the day after the injection but this resolves spontaneously.

Payment options

If you have private health insurance it is important to check how much your policy will pay, because some policies do not cover all the associated costs. This is due to the fact that many insurance companies have not increased their cover for surgical fees for over 15 years. This is despite inflation and the rapidly increasing costs of medical indemnity insurance.

For patients paying for their own treatment there is the option of fixed price surgery. This cost includes medical fees, hospital fees, drugs and surgical implants, physiotherapy in hospital, any medical treatment whilst in hospital, and for an extended stay for complications directly related to the procedure following surgery.

For information regarding Fixed Price surgery, please call:

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital
 01305 756625

Nuffield Hospital, Bournemouth
0333 305 4798



Dorset County Hospital
Fracture Clinic Wednesday Afternoon
Elective Clinic Thursday Afternoon


The Winterbourne
Monday pm & Wednesday am

The Nuffield, Bournemouth
Alternate Monday am

The Harbour, Poole
Alternate Monday pm

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Simon Garrett | Hips & Knees Dorset