65-year-old Colin from Staffordshire had a total hip replacement on Wednesday (19 October 2011) at the Hospital of St Cross, Rugby using a new instrument that could revolutionise how surgeons perform one of the most common type of operations in the NHS.
During hip surgery the damaged and worn parts of the original joint are removed before a new artificial hip is put in. In the majority of cases there are no problems and the new artificial hip socket goes in the right place. The precise placement of the socket, however, relies on the surgeon’s judgement during the operation. If the surgeon does not judge this position perfectly, then the socket might not be placed correctly, leaving the patient at a much higher risk of complications in the future.
Orthopaedic surgeon Richard King has been working with the Swiss orthopaedic company, Symbios, and they have devised a new technique that accurately helps position the artificial socket – potentially avoiding those complications which often require further surgery. Custom made for each patient, CT scans are used to pin-point the correct position and orientation of the artificial hip socket. This information is then used to custom make a guide that fits the patient perfectly so as to ensure the new socket is inserted in an ideal orientation.
Previously, the super-fit grandad of two played Rugby and had run 13 marathons, but six months ago he began to get crippling with pain in his groin and thighs and was forced to give up his beloved golf after his collapsed on the golf course. He has not been able to sleep for more than 15 minutes at a time and he is unable to walk more than 10 metres all because of the pain.
Colin who used to work in the construction industry said: “The pain is horrific, it feels like I’ve been shot. Up to six months ago I was probably the fittest 65-year-old in Staffordshire. I’d never gone more than two days without any exercise, so for me this is agony. The operation is the beginning of a transformation for me. I am hoping to be able to get back to the golf course, going on holidays and enjoying my retirement.”
Richard King, consultant orthopaedic surgeon said: “I have been working on this device in collaboration with my colleague Mr Steve Krikler and the team at Symbios. We are thrilled that it has the potential of making hip replacement surgery even more successful in transforming people’s lives. Colin has been in an incredible amount of pain and as a surgeon to be able to help to relieve that is fantastic, and to have played a part in inventing the device is an added extra. Over 50,000 total hip replacements are carried out in Britain each year and the difference it makes to the quality of people’s lives is amazing.”
Picture caption Colin (left) with consultant orthopaedic surgon, Richard King.
Notes to Editors
Due to product development we are unable to provide photographs/illustrations due to patent issues.
Richard King is the inventor of KingMark™ a device that measures hip joints more accurately during a hip replacement.