A bespoke hip replacement operation that eliminates the problem of uneven length legs after surgery is being offered to British patients, with experts hoping the procedure will lead to better mobility and a longer-lasting implant.
Achieving pain relief and improving stability take precedence over restoring equal leg length in a hip replacement.
As a result, a standard replacement can leave patients with a longer leg on the side that’s had surgery.
But new technology that analyses the way a patient moves – which varies from person to person – before the surgery means the position of the hip implant can be tailored to suit.
Achieving pain relief and improving stability take precedence over restoring equal leg length in a hip replacement
More than 5,000 patients have benefited from Optimised Positioning System technology (OPS) worldwide.
However, it remains to be proven whether it means patients experience improved outcomes when compared to conventional hip surgery.
Before the £14,500 surgery, the patient has a CT scan and four separate X-rays in order to determine not only what the socket and thigh bone looks like, but also how much the pelvis tilts when they sit and stand, in order to get an idea of the movement of their hip during their daily activities.
During the procedure, a 3D model of the patient’s joint is then built based on the data from the scans, which the surgeon uses to prepare the perfect positioning ahead of the operation.
During surgery, laser pointers on both the 3D model and the patient are used for