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Mark Andrews is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon from Scarborough. He presented a fascinating overview of osteoarthritis of the hip and updated us on new theories as to why it occurs. He used several 'props' to help our understanding and explained that some potential new treatments that may delay the need for hip replacement are currently not funded locally. 
He explained why there was a need to continue looking at the implants used in total hip replacement as we seek longer lasting solutions but tempered this with explanations about recent failures such as the metal on metal hip replacements.
He has been championing national registers of all joint implants and the need for continued follow up of patients.
It was amazing to hear the efforts that Mark and his Orthopaedic colleagues have gone to trying to improve their results in hip and knee surgery - I believe their results are currently amongst the top 2-3 units in England. The team - consultants, nurse practitioners and trainees meet every week to review all joint replacements planned and completed. This multidisciplinary approach is obviously paying dividends for their patients. He ended by giving a brief overview of enhanced recovery - explaining that their patients can usually go home on day 2 following surgery. His talk stimulated many questions - it was an excellent evening.

 


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