Entries by katharine

The comeback king: Andy Murray lifts trophy after hip surgery

Fans of tennis will be aware of Andy Murray’s hip struggles over the past few years, and many of us were delighted to see him crowned doubles’ champion at Queens with partner Feliciano Lopez. When asked how he felt about his achievement, he said “I just won the doubles here with Feli with a metal […]

Is privatisation of hip replacement surgery the future?

It is no secret that the NHS is overstretched and under-funded, which can lead to painfully long waiting times for operations and in some areas, lack of access to some procedures. This is unlikely to change any time soon. Despite the best efforts of those working in and managing our health service, the supply, demand […]

Surgical approach significantly affects hip replacement complication rates

There has been a lot written recently about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches to carrying out a total hip replacement. The Bone and Joint Journal published a thorough assessment recently which evaluated “five commonly used surgical approaches with respect to the incidence of surgery-related complications”, the findings of which are helpful […]

How long does it take to recover from a hip replacement?

One of the first questions patients ask when they are preparing for a hip replacement is how long the recovery takes. Understanding what the hip implant recovery period will be like and how long it will be until you start to reap the benefits of your new joint. Although everyone is different, most patients are […]

Choosing which type of hip implant to have

As consumers, we are used to having a wide variety of choices available when considering any purchase or investment. The same element of choice exists in some of the most surprising settings. For example, many people don’t realise that patients are able to research, discuss and influence the type of implant used when they are […]

Exercise and hip osteoarthritis

When an area of the body is in pain or discomfort many people will naturally try to ease off exercising for fear of making the problem worse. However, stopping regular exercise in order to alleviate pain or to help counteract reduced mobility is actually contradictory to what experts recommend. For those with hip osteoarthritis, the […]

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 […]