Hip surgery

The orthopedics unit specializes in surgery for suspected or diagnosed pathologies of the musculoskeletal system or for fractures and impairments of the musculoskeletal structure, especially the hip.

How do I access the services?

These services are provided to patients with musculoskeletal problems or an orthopedic emergency due to a recent trauma involving the musculoskeletal system.

A consultation request is necessary to access orthopedic services, so you will have to visit your doctor’s office, an emergency department or walk-in clinic in order to be referred.

Hip fracture

A hip fracture is often a symptom of one or more medical problems, so it is important to determine the cause in order to prevent further fractures. To that end, tests will be done during and after your hospital stay and any needed care will be provided. You will be given advice on preventing falls, home management and healthy lifestyles.

A guide has been developed to follow up your recovery step by step.

Hip replacement: replacement of the joint with a prosthesis 

  • Hip replacement is a surgical procedure that aims to replace the painful and damaged surfaces of your hip joint with artificial metal and plastic parts. It is generally done when conventional treatments (medications and exercise) fail to relieve the pain and improve joint function.
  • The surgery is done under general or regional anesthesia.
  • Very early on you will be encouraged to get out of bed and walk a bit (possibly the same day as the surgery).
  • A rehabilitation program will be undertaken to restore functional mobility of the hip.
  • You will be in the hospital for 2 to 3 days, with an expected recovery period of about 3 months.

Going into the hospital for hip replacement?

Video clips are available for patients who are slated for knee or hip joint replacement surgery. These videos, produced with the help of an orthopedist and a physiotherapist, explain how the operation is done, share the stories of people who have had the surgery, and give advice and instructions on what to do throughout the continuum of care.

Don’t bring a suitcase for your day surgery. About insurance documents: bring the insurance forms or other documents required by your surgeon to the orthopedics clinic or have them brought by the person accompanying you. Don’t leave them in your folder or on the floor.

As regards items to bring with you, refer to the list referred to in the sidebar "What to bring?"

Video clips : exercises and transfers

Where are services provided?

Hull Hospital 
116 Lionel-Émond Blvd.

Things to read

 Guide for hip fractures

Things to read

Regaining your quality of life - hip replacement

before, during and after
your hospital stay

What to bring

  • Your guide Regaining your quality of life
  • Your medications list (recent, provided by your pharmacy)
  • Your Hull Hospital card
  • Your health insurance card
  • Your eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Your hearing aids and dentures, as well as any case/container
  • Your inhalers (puffers)
  • A bag to hold your clothes