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The return of hip resurfacing... sooner rather than later?

In November I attended the Bristol Hip Arthroplasty Course also known as “The Bristol Hip Meeting”, a meeting which was initiated in the late 1980s, and continues under the guidance of Mr. Evert Smith to this day!


The two-day conference aims to improve current practice and promote clinical excellence as the faculty present their views on issues valid to a hip practice. Indeed, there was a heavy focus on reducing failure rates and unnecessary revisions through best practice methods.


Across both days we saw discussions delivered by both Callum McBryde and Prof JJ Jeffers regarding Hip Resurfacing, which was quite the contrast to this year’s BOA annual congress, where hip resurfacing was somewhat ignored.


Through various conversations throughout the event with other attendees, it was great to finally hear positive remarks being made about the procedure and the upcoming devices set to enter the hip arthroplasty market.


I very much like the quote and presentation title from Prof Catherine Van Der Straeten’s lecture at ISTA 2022. “Hip Resurfacing Rides Again”!


"With a demand being demonstrated for the procedure, coupled with outstanding clinical experiences related to well-designed implants, and the application of modern materials, will hip resurfacing make a comeback sooner rather than later?"


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