Hip resurfacing operation

John Codling is a very active gentleman in his late 50s and last September he had a hip resurfacing operation at Spire Cheshire Hospital performed by Mr Paul Sherry, consultant orthopaedic surgeon.

"The hip resurfacing operation was a great success and I was really pleased with the outcome"
Mr J Codling

Mr Codling has always been very active and enjoyed climbing, hill walking and road/mountain biking, however his hobbies became difficult when he started to suffer from immobility and back pain. He was becoming frustrated as he also found it difficult to lift his leg during his climbing and his range of movement was limited.

The pain and movement in his leg were getting progressively worse so he decided to have a consultation with Mr Paul Sherry at Spire Cheshire Hospital.

At the consultation, Mr Codling had all the necessary tests and Mr Sherry came to the conclusion that, given the extent of the wear and tear arthritis in his hip, then the only option to restore quality of life would be a hip replacement.

Mr Sherry comments:

"The appropriate choice of hip replacement in younger, fitter and more active patients continues to challenge orthopaedic surgeons. Whilst the operation is usually very successful, there remain concerns about long term outcomes over 15-20 years. For this reason hip resurfacing was developed in Birmingham in the 1990’s. The initial results with the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) were encouraging and the procedure became increasingly widely used from, perhaps, 2005 onwards. Other manufacturer’s also developed their own implants.

"However some of these started to develop problems and eventually the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance. The use of metal on metal resurfacing fell significantly.

"More recently however, careful consideration of the data in the National Joint Registry (NJR) has shown that in certain patients the original BHR has performed, and continues to perform, extremely well. Having performed very few resurfacings over recent years, interest in this procedure is now re-appearing and, where performed appropriately, the long term results are encouraging."

Mr. Codling wanted to maintain a high level of activity and therefore, after careful discussion, the decision was made to go forward for a BHR procedure.

Mr Codling said:

“The hip resurfacing operation was a great success and I was really pleased with the outcome. I returned to hill walking after 13 weeks and in January 2014 I walked up Kilimanjaro. I was the oldest of five to succeed, in a team of 13 that attempted it. I was overjoyed with my achievement; I had managed to do this only four months after my hip operation and this was something that I couldn’t have even considered prior to the operation.

"On the summit day it took me 16 hours to ascend 1,100m to Kilimanjaro summit at 5,895m and then descend 3,000m. My hip and the surrounding muscles did not trouble me at all during the 80km six day trek. In fact I forgot all about them as the only thing I was concentrating on was coping with the altitude.

"I’m back rock climbing now and my famously bad lack of leg flexibility is no longer an issue.

"I would like to thank Mr Sherry and the staff at Spire Cheshire Hospital, without their professional care and medical attention I would not be able to do the things I am able to do today."

Mr Codling at the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Mr Codling thanks Mr Sherry.

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