Tom Jones health update: Why The Voice coach had ‘major surgery’ – are you at risk?

Tom Jones, 78, started coaching on ITV’s The Voice in 2012, and is currently joined by Jennifer Hudson, Will.i.am, and Olly Murs. The Welsh singer is known throughout the UK for selling over 100 million records, and has had 36 songs make it into the UK Top 40. Shortly after the summer of 2017, it was revealed that Tom Jones underwent hip replacement surgery . But, what is hip replacement surgery, and how do you know if you qualify for one? Tom Jones health latest: Why The Voice judge had to cancel shows

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A hip replacement is common, but major type of surgery that aims to replace a damaged hip, according to the NHS.

The damaged hip is replaced with an artificial one – known as prosthesis, it said.

The most common reason that someone may require a hip replacement is due to osteoarthritis, but there are a number of other reasons.

“Hip replacement surgery is usually necessary when the hip joint is worn or damaged to the extent that your mobility is reduced and you experience pain even while resting,” said the NHS.

“Other conditions that can cause hip joint damage include rheumatoid arthritis, a hip fracture, septic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

“A hip replacement is major surgery, so is normally only recommended if other treatments, such as physiotherapy or steroid injections, haven’t helped reduce pain or improve mobility.

“A hip replacement can be carried out under a general anaesthetic [where you’re asleep during the procedure] or an epidural [where the lower body is numbed].

“The surgeon makes an incision into the hip, removes the damaged hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint made of a metal alloy or, in some cases, ceramic.”

You may be offered hip replacement surgery if you have severe pain or swelling, and if your mobility is reduced.

Some people may have such severe hip pain that it interferes with their every day life, or that stops them from working.

After the surgery, the patient requires a number of months to feel back to full fitness after their procedure. Tom Jones health: The Voice UK coach makes ‘very special’ announcement

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Tom Jones performed at the V Festival in 2012 After the operation, the immediate pain emanating from the hip should subside straight away, added the NHS.

But, it can take up to six weeks before you feel comfortable enough to walk without using crutches.

It should take around three months for you to feel back to your normal self after hip replacement surgery.

A hip replacement should last for more than 15 years, after which a new one may have to be installed.

Speak to a doctor if you think you may benefit from hip replacement surgery .

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