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Hip replacement device helps to halve recovery time

Hip replacement device helps to halve recovery time

According to the BBC, more than 76,000 people get new hips in England and Wales every year but many face long recovery periods of painful rehabilitation. 

One surgeon - and his engineer brother - have come up with a unique method to improve routine hip replacement operations.

James Wootton, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital in Wales, is one of only a few surgeons to use a different technique to help patients get back on their feet and out of hospital as fast as possible.

The Direct Anterior Approach (DAA) technique means the replacement hip is fitted without cutting through muscle or tendons.

It is regarded as less invasive but it can pose a number of practical and cost problems in theatre, which has discouraged many surgeons from adopting this technique.  

Malcolm Wootton, a Derbyshire-based engineer, who spent years designing equipment for the motorcycle industry, came up with the device called a Flote table, which could fit any standard operating theatre. 

During surgery the patient lies on his or her back and the foot is secured in a lightweight boot attachment. This allows the technician to move the leg easily and repeatedly, flexing the hip to the correct position so the surgeon can properly and accurately fix the new hip using X-ray. 

Read the full story about improved hip replacement recovery times on the BBC website.

Hip surgery news : 7 March 2012