Entries by katharine

The return to elective joint replacement surgery

In mid-March, all non-urgent elective surgery was cancelled in both the NHS and private sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With numbers of infections and related deaths falling daily, Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently announced that some healthcare services would resume over the next few weeks. Certain areas were to be prioritised, including cancer […]

Safe and effective? How does stem cell therapy perform?

All medical care, whether that’s drugs, surgical solutions or devices, should be both safe and effective. In recent years, stem cell therapy has become increasingly in the public eye, particularly in the treatment of arthritis and joint deterioration, and covered widely in the media as the supposed wonder cure. But does it fulfil those two […]

The impact of Coronavirus on private healthcare

The advent of Coronavirus has resulted in the immediate and complete cessation of all private, elective surgery and medical care, with the agreement made in March between the private healthcare sector and the NHS. The independent sector agreed to reallocate almost all of its hospital capacity to the NHS, involving 8,000 hospital beds, over 1,000 […]

Why you might be suffering hip pain

Hip pain is something that many people suffer from and it can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Here we explore some of the common causes of hip pain and look at whether or not these should be cause for concern. Trochanteric bursitis This condition results from inflammation of the greater trochanter, which […]

NHS patients left waiting a year for hip or knee surgery

Even before the advent of COVID-19, our A&E departments were recording record waiting times and it is the same for many overstretched GP surgeries. Unfortunately, the picture is the same across so many parts of the NHS; demand for services is currently far higher than the available supply. Long wait for hip and knee surgery […]

The rise of robotic hip replacements

The utilisation of robotic surgery across all medical specialties is on the increase, with surgeons believing they are able to offer greater benefits to patients by utilising robotic technology. Although this sounds really encouraging, with patients benefiting from a wide variety of factors, there is currently limited data in support of these practices. Researchers have […]

Don’t delay your knee replacement, study finds

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Although Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, wasn’t specifically talking about knee or hip replacement surgery, it seems this sentiment is very apt. A new study has revealed that as many as nine in ten of us who suffer from […]

Can you go skiing after a knee or hip replacement?

Hip and knee replacement surgery can be life-changing for those who are suffering from deteriorating joints. The pain and limited mobility are likely to have been holding you back from many things that you enjoy, and the operation can restore a great deal of this back again. For some patients, just walking around again, being […]

Will a hip labral tear derail your running ambitions?

It’s the time of year when we are all making new year’s resolutions and trying to put in place plans and strategies to be healthier in the upcoming months. For some of us, this doesn’t just mean something like a gentle jog, it can mean something much more strenuous – marathon training. Most marathon training […]

Yoga teachers at risk of hip replacement at younger age

Hip and knee replacement surgery was once thought of as something which tended to be something just older people needed. This is no longer the case, with the increasingly active lifestyle that people are choosing sometimes having negative side effects on their joints. There are some pursuits that put more strain on joints than others, […]