Could 3D Printing Transform Healthcare and Orthopaedics?

Traditional printing involves laying down an image onto a flat surface. By contrast, 3D printing deposits materials – plastic, metal, ceramic, powders, liquids or even living cells – in layers to create a three-dimensional object. It has been around for nearly three decades but how is it now transforming healthcare? 

Total Joint Replacement for Arthritis – Yes or No?

The pain of osteoarthritis can be debilitating. As we age, the cartilage that cushions our joints naturally starts to wear down. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that speeds up cartilage loss, damaging the joint surface and causing the bones to rub together. This creates inflammation and pain.

Studies Show People Recover Better at Home

Hospitals are the best place to be if you are acutely ill or require surgery but increasingly we are realising they are not the ideal place for recovery or rehabilitation. After extensive studies comparing hospital and home recovery, it seems that home offers certain qualities to the recovery process that you simply can’t get in…

Hip replacement (Bonus Part 4): Returning to normal activities after hip replacement surgery

Following a hip replacement you may be surprised how quickly you can return to normal activities. Particularly with certain methods of hip replacement the personal outcomes show excellent results in minimising the amount of time you are off your feet. Staying active is important, but also not doing too much too soon is equally vital. Here we…

Hip replacement (Part 3 of 3): What to expect after hip replacement

Following on from last week’s article where we compared the Posterior and the Direct Anterior approaches to hip replacement, we now discuss important information about how best to take care of yourself post-surgery, both in hospital and when you are recovering at home. It is also important to understand any complications following surgery so you…

Hip replacement (Part 2 of 3): Posterior v Direct Anterior Approach

Following on from last week’s article regarding approaches to hip replacement, we now take a look in more detail at two different hip replacement approaches.The Posterior approach is the most commonly executed hip replacement surgery in the UK, accessing the joint from the back. The Direct Anterior approach (DAA) is less common with the surgeon…

Hip Replacement (Part 1 of 3): Approaches to Hip Replacement

As medicine is always advancing, there are now many different ways, or “approaches”, to perform hip replacement surgery. The approach that would best suit you depends on the nature of your condition or injury. A specialist orthopaedic surgeon will be able to discuss your options with you. However, certain approaches are becoming more popular as…