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Worst and best-performing hip replacements revealed

Hip replacement operations are popular and common practice with around 175,000 hip operations being conducted every year in the United Kingdom. Over time, people’s bone density and joints deteriorate for a number of reasons and some they are referred for hip replacement treatment whereby some (or all) of the joint is replaced. The aim of […]

Study finds no increased risk for same-day hip replacement surgery

According to findings from a new US study into recovery from joint replacement surgery, there is no heightened risk to patients if their stay in hospital is shortened and they are encouraged to go home and take a more active role in their own rehabilitation. The findings, explained by surgeon Michael P. Ast of the […]

How best to prepare for hip replacement surgery

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ – this is applicable to most things in life, including recovering from surgery. There are a number of things that patients and their surgeons can do to ensure that patients are fully prepared for their surgery and the recovery period. Adhering to these […]

Dislocation after hip replacement

When a patient has been recommended for a total hip arthroplasty (THA, also known as a total hip replacement) one of the most common complications in the years following the surgery is hip dislocation. The NHS reports that this happens in around 10% of cases. This is a frustrating complication for all involved and it […]

Hip resurfacing or hip replacement: which is best for me?

If you’re a tennis fan then it will not have escaped your notice that Andy Murray has been having some difficulties recently, and these are being caused by repeated injuries to his hip joint which have finally developed into osteoarthritis. Murray has been suffering with the build-up of this condition for around a decade, and […]

Your knee or hip replacement may last longer than previously thought

A common question asked during a knee or hip replacement consultation is how long will my artificial joint last. With growing numbers of younger, more active men and women presenting with joint pain and lack of mobility due to wear and tear, the potential hip replacement longevity has never been so important. Previously thought to […]

New figures show steep rise in hip replacements as result of obesity problem

Shocking figures illustrating the impact that the UK’s obesity crisis is having on the NHS were recently disclosed by an investigation carried out by the Sunday Times. The paper revealed that more than 41,000 obese people required hip or knee replacement operations last year – including seven teenagers. The investigation found that the numbers of […]

Hip-knee mechanics and their role in developing joint pain

Many people suffer from osteoarthritis and, contrary to popular misconceptions, it is not just a condition that affects older people. In fact, it is believed to affect between 12 and 15 per cent of the population who are aged between 25 and 74. It is much more prevalent in older people, but its presence in […]

Pelvic motion tracking device could inform hip replacement surgery

Researchers at the University of Warwick have been working to develop a new device which helps identify patients who have more ‘flex’ than they should do in their pelvis. These people are at a higher risk of developing problems with prosthetic hip joints following surgery (especially issues such as dislocation), so with the help of […]