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Steroid injections for hip pain could make joint damage worse

For those suffering from hip or knee pain, it had long been thought that before going down the surgical route, steroid injections could provide some relief caused by the discomfort of joint osteoarthritis. New research has been published that challenges this belief, suggesting that cortisone injections could actually be doing more harm than good. Steroid […]

Revision joint replacement surgery rates revealed

In an interesting new study published by the National Joint Registry (NJR), data has been shared showing a league table of the best- and worst-performing areas of the UK if you are considering an NHS hip replacement. The assessment looked at 430 UK hospitals, comprising 145 NHS trusts running 250 hospitals in the UK, as […]

Risk of revision hip surgery in younger patients analysed

A hip replacement is an operation that has been carried out for decades. It is a cost-effective procedure, with well-established benefits, in particular, relief of pain and getting people back to normal function. Total hip replacements are being carried out on more and more younger patients, thanks to a variety of factors which have made […]

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 […]