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A Hip Replacement Could Ease Back Pain Also, New Study Finds

A new study has revealed that a hip replacement could also ease back pain. Experts have been looking into the connection between hip and back pain for many years and this recent study investigated whether patients suffering from back pain could benefit from a hip replacement procedure. So, does this mean all patients with back […]

Evaluating the Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

The anterior hip replacement is not a new concept in joint surgery, but in recent years it has become more popular, partly due to it being promoted as ‘less invasive’, with surgeons even promising patients they will be up and about in a much shorter timescale compared to traditional hip replacement. As a result, patients […]

New Study Finds Hip and Knee Replacements Could Benefit Your Marriage

A new study has revealed the surprising benefits of undergoing a hip and knee replacement. It has long been known that joint replacement surgery can reduce pain and improve quality of life. However, now it’s been revealed that it could also benefit your marriage too. The study carried out in Quebec, Canada, was inspired by […]

Update on COVID 19 and joint replacement surgery

Yesterday, we saw long queues form on our high streets as many non-essential shops reopened after three months of lockdown. As we move towards something approaching a normal life, attention is also turning towards what’s happening with the healthcare sector – both NHS and independent. Last week, a report from the NHS Confederation, which represents […]

Questions you might not think to ask in your hip replacement consultation

Hip replacements are one of the most common joint replacement surgeries. When performed correctly, the procedure can help patients to return to a pain-free, better quality life. Prior to undergoing the procedure, it is helpful to learn as much about it as you can. While there is plenty of information and advice to be found […]

New data on surgery risks and COVID-19

Recently, we took a look at what the future of elective surgery could be in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals and surgeons here in the UK are obviously watching closely the experience in other countries and reviewing the data on potential increased surgical risks at this time. A large international study has just been published in […]

Infection after knee or hip replacement

For the most part, joint replacement surgery is effective at helping patients live a pain-free, more mobile life. However, like any surgery, it does pose several risks and complications. While relatively rare, infection can occur after a knee or hip replacement. This is a devastating risk which requires immediate treatment. Celebrity Olly Murs has recently […]

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 […]