North Hampshire Hospital
The Hampshire Clinic
Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

Mr John Britton FRCS
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Information for patients undergoing orthopaedic treatment


Advice on Hip Injection

Before embarking on hip injection you should be aware of the following facts. If you have any other questions you should ask your surgeon for further information.


  • Diagnostic In early cases of hip arthritis it is sometimes difficult to be certain whether pain is arising from the hip joint itself or from surrounding areas such as the spine. Injection of local anaesthetic can help define the source of pain.
  • Therapeutic:  A steroid (cortisone) is injected into the hip as well as local anaesthetic. In cases of early arthritis this may provide prolonged pain relief.


  • There are very few risks associated with hip injection.
    Increased pain may be experienced for 48 hours. Pain is normally mild, but on occasions can be severe and require treatment with painkillers.

  • Infection is a theoretical risk but is extremely rare.

Procedure details

  • The injection must be done under X-ray control in a sterile environment. It is therefore done in an operating theatre.

  • General anaesthetic is normally used.


  • Pain relief is normally seen within a few days

  • You may exercise as comfortable


For further information please see

John Britton FRCS
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon



J M Britton 2007

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