Madonna has recently posted a number of photos on Instagram of a large scar as she recovers from recent hip surgery. Last year she had to cancel numerous dates of her Madame X tour due to hip and knee issues. She has not revealed exactly what surgery she has had, but her posts earlier this year may shed some light. In May, she posted that she was having regenerative treatment with an Xray of an injection into her right hip joint.

Pramod Achan and Joshua Lee, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons at OneWelbeck Orthopaedics, have taken a closer look at the hip surgery, possible courses of treatment, and how it could relate to other patients presenting with hip pain.

What was Madonna most likely to have been suffering from?

The hip showed signs of osteoarthritis. Whilst regenerative treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cell injections have shown some promise in managing early wear and tear of hip joints, if it does not provide long lasting relief then further treatment options need to be considered, including joint replacement.

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