A hip replacement is a common type of surgery where a damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis).
It might be necessary for you to have a hip replacement if one (or both) of your hip joints becomes damaged and causes you persistent pain or problems with everyday activities such as walking, driving and getting dressed.
Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint.
It's a routine operation for knee pain most commonly caused by arthritis.
More than 70,000 knee replacements are carried out in England and Wales each year, and the number is rising. Most people who have a total knee replacement are over 65 years old.
For most people, a replacement knee will last for at least 15 to 20 years, especially if the new knee is cared for properly and not put under too much strain.
Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life. It usually feels like an ache, tension or stiffness in your back.
The pain can be triggered by bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly.
Back pain is not generally caused by a serious condition and, in most cases, it gets better within 12 weeks. It can usually be successfully treated by taking painkillers and keeping mobile.
The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) is the Surgical Specialty Association for Trauma and Orthopaedics in the UK.
We provide national leadership, a unifying focus, and charitable endeavour by:
- Caring for Patients
- Supporting Surgeons
- Transforming Lives
As a charity we care for patients by raising funds for and promoting research into musculoskeletal disorders. We also operate a benevolent fund to support our members in time of need.
The aim of this site is to help answer any questions concerning the Ilizarov fixator and is directed toward;
- People who are presently undergoing orthopaedic correction by Ilizarov fixator.
- People who are expecting orthopaedic surgery and the fitting of an Ilizarov fixator as part of this.
- People who may have an orthopaedic condition and who have never heard of the Ilizarov fixator and may like to discuss this with their consultant.
Although primarily dealing with the Ilizarov Fixator (Through personal experience) the monolateral and other external fixators are also covered. The techniques that apply to living with the Ilizarov frame readily adapt to living with most external fixator systems.