The hip is a ball and socket joint lined by cartilage. With advancing age or injury the cartilage may wear, exposing the underlying bone and causing pain and stiffness. A hip replacement involves removal of the affected joint and insertion of an artificial joint replacement. The components are either fixed in place biologically or with a special bone cement. Shown is a modern titanium cementless hip prosthesis with ceramic head and a highly cross-linked bearing surface.
The first recorded hip replacements were performed by Greek surgeon Themistocles Gluck in the 1880s using ivory implants . The revered British surgeon Sir John Charnley launched the modern era in 1962. Only recently have we been able to introduce new technologies that individualise the procedure to best suit each patient.
David offers this procedure to alleviate pain and improve hip function. While this is a very successful procedure for most patients, not all people benefit equally. An important reason is that each person is different and we all have slightly different pelvic alignment and size. Furthermore, individuals stand, walk and sit in different ways. David therefore uses ODEP rated specific implants and computer generated modelling techniques to ensure you get the best possible function and longevity out of your hip replacement. The video below from British based Corin Group briefly explains the personalised OPS hip technology that David favours: