Entries by katharine

NHS putting the squeeze on hip and knee replacements

We’re all well aware of the challenges facing funding of the NHS. With the recent election still fresh in mind, the process of how funds are allocated within the NHS has been discussed at length, with almost everyone holding an opinion about which areas are most deserving of retaining, increasing or decreasing funding levels. With […]

Robotics: the future of orthopaedic surgery?

Robots have featured quite frequently in the news recently, with most people seeing the security robot ‘drown’ in the office complex in America. While this made us smile and the media delighted at the opportunity to share some witty headlines about the robot’s demise, it was an illustration of just how far we have come […]

New trial to look into prosthetic joint infection

In the world of orthopaedic surgery, it is always encouraging to see when new clinical trials are set up, as they help to develop, strengthen and expand our knowledge. Trials are welcomed as they offer a unique insight into how patients respond to treatments, surgical methods, aftercare, medication and so on. The University of Bristol […]

Considering a double joint replacement: what to expect

If you’re considering having your knee or hip replaced it’s a really big decision. Questions such as how much pain to expect, how long will it take to recover, what complications might there be, are all things that would need to be explored thoroughly before you make the decision to commit to the operation. But […]

Osteoarthritis and lifestyle changes explained

Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects how your joints work, causes pain, stiffness and eventually even deformity of the joint. A joint affected by osteoarthritis begins to slowly degenerate as changes begin to occur to the cartilage that surrounds the joints. The cartilage starts to become thinner and rougher in texture, while simultaneously the bone […]

Quitting smoking means better outcomes from hip replacement surgery

The health risks of smoking are well documented, and thanks to clear warnings on packet labels and health service advertising campaigns, awareness of the dangers of smoking are better understood than they have ever been. Although the implications of smoking on the lungs and respiratory system are clearly understood, many people don’t realise that smoking […]

Will leaving the EU affect hip replacement surgery in the UK?

Brexit has left many Britons with an air of uncertainty surrounding things where we have previously used products, labour or skills from other countries within Europe. The medical industry is no different, so it is important to help patients understand what, if anything, the effect that leaving the EU will have on their medical requirements. […]

Leading health think tank points to 90% rise in hip replacements

We hear a lot about medical treatments, practices and patient care in the news, and it doesn’t always come with a positive slant. This can be worrying for patients who are waiting for operations, and may result in them feeling anxious about what to expect. The financial strain placed on the NHS is well documented, […]

Issues with the spine found to affect success of hip replacement procedure

Increasing numbers of patients are requiring hip replacement surgery and they are one of the most successful operations of their kind, with evidence that the operation gives patients a marked improvement in their quality of life. As with all operations, there are clear risks and rewards that patients must understand before opting for surgery. With […]