Entries by katharine

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 […]

Depression and arthritis link established

Scientists are always looking for links between conditions, as a way of understanding how and why they interact and establishing the cause and effect of different disorders. The results of an interesting new study have found hip arthritis is more prevalent in those suffering from depression – for many years it’s been thought that depression […]

A gender issue: women and hip replacement surgery

Typically, when we think about hip replacement surgery, we think of the older generation, as this demographic were historically much more likely to need medical intervention to help problems associated with ageing joints. But it seems there has been a surge in the number of younger, female patients who require this type of operation. Women’s […]