An alternative to an artificial hip

Effective treatment with local gold treatment (gold bead implantation)

Gold implantation is a good alternative to a total hip replacement

Treatment of chronic hip pain usually consists of physiotherapy, exercise therapy and over-the-counter painkillers.

If these metohds do not provide sufficient pain-relief, surgery will usually be offered to replace the arthritic hip with a prosthesis, also called an artificial hip or“new” hip.

Surgery is therefore by most patients considered as a “last resort” to get rid of the pain. What many patients aren’t aware of, though, is that there are other effective treatments for hip pain relief, including gold bead implantation.


Completely pain-free after a gold bead implantation

Three months ago, my husband had a gold bead implantation in your clinic. Immediately after the treatment, his hip pain was gone and has been ever since. He is completely pain free today. We are incredibly grateful.

Wife of the patient

Few people know this about a total hip replacement:

Few people know about the risks of hip surgery. A few of these risks are listed below:

  • lack of pain relief and sometimes severe chronic hip pain after the surgery
  • long-term rehabilitation
  • need for later replacement of the hip prosthesis
  • complications, such as dislocation of the hip prosthesis due to incorrect hip movements and a leg length difference of several cm.

After the surgery, it’s impossible to redo. You have to live with the result for the rest of your life.


I've got my quality of life back after my treatment with gold beads.

It’s amazing. I just got back from vacation. Last year, I could barely walk a mile. This year I have walked far distances every single day. It’s almost too good to be true that I no longer have any pain.

Vita, 66 years old

Unlike surgery, gold bead implantation has no risks of complications and there is no need for rehabilitation afterwards. The majority of our patients experience long-lasting or permanent pain relief after a single gold bead implantation.

In this article you can read more about the treatment of chronic hip pain with gold bead implants versus total hip replacement, pros and cons.

When osteoarthritis causes chronic hip pain

Osteoarthritis mainly affects weight-bearing joints, including the hip joints, and is a common cause of persistent hip pain in middle-aged and older people. The risk of chronic hip pain increases with age. The older you are, the greater the risk of osteoarthritis.

The pain develops gradually. It causes reduced mobility, stiffness in the hip and affects normal walking (read more about osteoarthritis of the hip).

The diagnosis is made on the basis of symptoms and an X-ray image of the painful joint.


I have slept without waking up because of pain

Tonight is the 2nd night I have slept without waking up because of pain. I can sit and stand up from a chair without any problems. I can walk as fast as most. Today my goal is to go riding.
I’m just so happy and relieved. Thank you so much.

Vivian, 60 years old

What are the advantages of gold treatment compared to surgery?

The biggest advantage of a gold bead implantation is that you are likely to be pain-free or significantly pain relieved.

This means that most of our patients:

  • Can avoid major hip surgery.
  • Avoid the complications and risks of hip surgery, including dislocation of the hip.
  • Avoid the long rehabilitation period after total hip replacement surgery.

I am the happiest person in the world

4 weeks after my gold bead treatment 90% of my pain is gone. I am the happiest person in the world. I am so grateful to you. Before the treatment I could nearly walk 30 minutes through the city and every step with pain. Now I walk 3 hours and more without pain. Thank you very much.


How many patients have pain after hip surgery?

One in 4 patients continue to have chronic hip pain more than one year after a total hip replacement. Therefore, total hip replacement should always be considered the last resort when treating chronic hip pain.

Risks of total hip replacement:

  • The risk of long-term pain after hip replacement surgery is 27%, ranging from infrequent, mild pain to severe pain.
  • About 1 in 8 (12.1%) patients have pain 12-18 months after hip surgery.
  • Severe, chronic pain affects 6% of patients after hip surgery.
  • Rehabilitation takes months after hip surgery.
  • There is a risk of complications.
  • 15% will need a second operation later on in the same hip due to complications or wear of the prosthesis.
  • The hip can be dislocated by an incorrect movement of the hip.
  • A total hip replacement is a procedure that cannot be undone. If the result is poor, it can’t be undone. You have to live with it for the rest of your life.

Other complications of hip surgery include:

  • Infection. Fortunately, this is a rare event (0.5-1%). If the hip is infected after the hip replacement surgery, the prosthesis has to be removed.
  • The prosthesis may dislocate (2-4%). This is very painful and requires hospitalisation.
  • Nerve damage and sensory disturbances in the leg (1-2%).
  • Deep vein thrombosis in the leg. A dangerous complication of a deep vein thrombosis is that it can reach the pulmonary circulation via the bloodstream. In the worst case, it can cause death.
  • Fracture of the femur (1%).
  • Different length of the legs after the surgery (12% have a difference in length of 1-2 cm).
  • Chronic pain after hip surgery (27%).

It's a miracle

It’s amazing – mum has no pain in her knee since yesterday after she had gold in her knee. She’s been out for a walk on the road with a walker without any pain, which she hasn’t been able to do for a long time […] It’s a miracle.

Thank you so much – we are so happy.

Daughter of 92-year-old woman

Why consider a gold bead implantation for treating chronic hip pain?

There are several reasons why gold bead implantation should be considered before you decide to have a total hip replacement. Some of the reasons are listed below:

  1. Gold bead implantation is a much more gentle treatment compared to major hip surgery. There are no side effects or complications.
  2. Rehabilitation is never needed after gold bead implantation around the hip.
  3. The majority of our patients experience long-lasting or permanent pain relief. Some patients has no pain at all after the procedure. We therefore consider this method to be superior to a total hip replacement.
    Treatment with gold implants is much more effective than physiotherapy, exercise therapy, acupuncture and painkillers in terms of long-term pain relief.

Our recommendation is that you should always consider gold bead implantation if you:

  • don’t want major hip surgery.
  • want to avoid the complications that might occur after hip surgery.
  • are too old or have cardiovascular disease so you cannot have a total hip replacement because the risks are too great.

I am SO happy that my pain is gone

Now, almost three months have passed since I got gold in my left knee on the 3nd of November.
I’m happy to tell you that the pain was pretty much gone immediately after my gold bead implantation. The pain briefly returned at the end of November but then the pain disappeared again.
I still get some swelling of my knee (less than before) when I walk far. But my knee doesn’t hurt anymore and the swelling goes away fairly quickly. I can fully stretch my knee, which I couldn’t do before.

I am SO happy that the pain is gone and to have my full mobility back and it seems like it is still getting a little better day by day👏🏻😊.



A gold bead implantation is performed under local anaesthetic. 24-carat gold beads are inserted around the sore hip via cannulas. The gold beads are very tiny, about the size of a pinhead or tip of a fine ball point pen. The treatment provide permanent pain relief in the majority of our patients, many of whom become completely pain-free or experience significant pain relief.

The treatment is extremely gentle and requires neither hospitalisation nor rehabilitation. That’s why we recommend gold bead implantation if you suffer from hip pain.


It's great to be able to sleep again after years of pain

I am very happy and grateful because the pain in my neck and back is gone. I can sleep at night without feeling knives and stitches in my back. It’s great getting a good night’s sleep again after years of pain. It makes my zest for life return. Have been on horseback in the beautiful autumn. From the forest hilltop overlooking the lake, both Gilvi and I sent many grateful thoughts to you at the clinic.

Merete, 59 years old

Before implantation of gold beads:

To be considered for a our chronic pain treatment with gold implants, please do as follows:

  1. Contact the clinic to make an appointment (you’ll find our contact informations here). You can also contact us if you need to know more about the treatment before you decide to book an appointment.
  2. We need to see X-ray or CT- /MRI scanning images of the painful joint or painful area prior to your gold bead implantation. Your X-ray or CT-/MRI scanning should not be older than 2 years.
  3. You can always contact the department where you have had the examination. They can send you the images or description of the X-ray or CT- /MRI scanning The department is obliged to send you the images.
  4. Please send us the X-ray images in advance of your consultation.
  5. If you are taking anticoagulants, you should pause the medication some few days prior to your gold treatment. Always make sure to consult with us regarding any medications that you might take prior to your gold treatment. Please let us know if you take any kind of medication when you book your appointment.
  6. Please bring a relative or friend to transport you home after your gold bead implantation. We advise you not to driving your car for some few hours after your treatment due to the local anaesthetic.

Please, let's talk.

Our specialists have used gold implants for pain relief of chronic pain since 1996. Hence, we’re the clinic with most experience treating long-term and chronic pain in humans with gold beads. Please, let’s get in touch if you want to know more about the treatment.

Hans Kjerkegaard

Doctor Hans Kjerkegaard

Læge Ulrik Kjerkegaard

Doctor Ulrik Kjerkegaard

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Everything you need to know about chronic paint treatment with gold implants (gold bead implantation). We have used this method since 1996 for treating chronic pain and sore joints in humans. Hence, our doctors are the most experienced in Europe.


With time, we have received a lot of positive feedback from our patients. Some of our patients have no pain after their treatment with gold beads. Hence, the treatment might reduce pain and improve quality of life.

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Risskov (Aarhus), Denmark

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