Periacetabular osteotomy has proven to be one of the most effective surgical procedures for treating hip dysplasia
Following the success of hosting the UK’s first live tweet from surgery in 2012, Spire Bushey Hospital will be hosting a second live tweet from surgery on Tuesday 30 April. In another UK first, the hospital will create and post 6-second looping videos during the surgery using Twitter’s mobile video app, Vine.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Aresh Hashemi-Nejad will perform a periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) on a female patient. Ahead of the live tweet, we have put together some information on the procedure for followers to gain a better understanding of what will be involved on the day of surgery.
What is periacetabular osteotomy?
Periacetabular osteotomy is a procedure which aims to preserve and enhance the patient’s own hip joint rather than replacing it with an artificial joint. Periacetabular osteotomy has proven to be one of the most effective surgical procedures for treating adults suffering from hip dysplasia (malformation of the hip that can lead to pain and arthritis). The objective of the procedure is to take away the patient’s pain, and restore and maximise the function of the joint.
‘Osteotomy’ is the surgical division of a bone. ‘Periacetabular’ describes the application of the osteotomy around the hip socket (acetabulum).
What is involved in the surgery?
A number of angular cuts are made on the pelvis and part of it is then divided, separating it from the hip socket and allowing free rotation around the socket. Screws are then inserted to hold the joint in place. This procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and an epidural may be given as pain relief.
About Mr Aresh Hashemi-Nejad
Mr Aresh Hashemi-Nejad is one of the UK’s leading orthopaedic surgeons based at the nearby Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, the foremost specialist orthopaedic hospital in the UK. He regularly receives referrals for complex surgery from other orthopaedic surgeons across the country and is one of only a handful of consultants to carry out the periacetabular osteotomy procedure in the UK. Mr Nejad’s private practice is based at Spire Bushey Hospital, where the extensive orthopaedic services support such complicated surgery.
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Follow @SpireBushey and #LiveAtBushey on Tuesday 30 April from 9.45am for the UK’s first surgical procedure documented on Vine.