Precision Techniques for Hip Joint Replacement Surgery Improves Quality of Life for over 10,000 Patients

  • Orr, John (Participant)
  • David Beverland (Participant)
  • Buchanan, Fraser (Participant)
  • Janet Hill (Participant)
  • Alice Sykes (Participant)

Impact: Economic Impact, Health Impact


Over 100,000 hip joint replacements are performed each year in the UK. The correct restoration of joint centre is critical to the successful outcome of total hip replacements. Failure to do so results in dislocation, increased wear and leg length discrepancy. In collaboration with QUB, over 4,000 patient-specific custom hip prostheses were manufactured and implanted at Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast, leading to accurate restoration of anatomical joint centre. As a consequence a new surgical instrument has been developed and utilised in more than 4,000 surgeries. Surgical costs are reduced compared to the alternative of computer-aided surgery. The DePuy Synthes Companies are funding the development of a later version of this surgical instrument
Impact statusOngoing
Category of impactEconomic Impact, Health Impact