Entries by katharine

Obesity and hip replacement surgery: a weighty issue

Obesity is a serious global concern and has been linked with many different illnesses and conditions, causing excess healthcare expenditure and costing countries in the form of lost productivity. It is believed to affect two-thirds of the adult population in the UK, and according to recent reports, over 1 million people in Britain are claiming […]

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

Any patient contemplating a total hip replacement procedure will want to know when they will be back up on their feet.  The question ‘how long does it take to recover from a hip replacement’, is probably one of the most commonly asked in Mr Simon Bridle’s London hip surgery consultations. There is no definitive answer, […]

Revision hip replacement rates down due to hip implant material used

Results of a long-term study undertaken in Australia that analysed data from more than 240,000 patients with hip osteoarthritis who underwent total hip replacement surgery have just been published. The objective of the research was to glean a greater understanding of the relative durability of ‘cross-linked’ polyethylene bearings hip implants (ie the moving parts), compared […]

Five signs that might mean you need a hip replacement

Hip replacements used to be considered as an operation most suited for the elderly, but this is no longer the case. The average age for patients undergoing hip replacements is getting younger, as more and more people are recognising that they are experiencing joint troubles and are able to proactively do something about it. The […]

Make sure hip arthritis isn’t your golf handicap

As we bask in the longest heatwave since 1976, this summer has also brought a wealth of sporting favourites, which we are continuing to enjoy as we soak up the sunshine. First came the football World Cup, followed by the opening of the tennis championship, Wimbledon, and the British Open Golf at Carnoustie in Scotland. […]

Could silver be the solution to joint replacement infections?

Many people suffer from pain in their joints, which can be caused by a variety of reasons including genetic composition, lifestyle choices and the career choice. There are many people who undergo total hip or knee replacement surgery in the UK every year, as it is one of the most common ways of treating those […]

NICE working committee is working on new guidelines for joint replacement surgery

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. Founded in 1999, NICE was tasked with the remit of reducing ‘variation in the availability and quality of NHS treatments and care’. Since then, NICE has also taken on responsibility for ‘developing public health guidance […]