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Replacement hips and knees last as long as 25 years - study


Hip and knee replacements last much longer than previously thought, according to a large-scale study from the UK. It’s a reality that will help both patients and surgeons determine when it is the right time to perform surgery. The study conducted by the University of Bristol analysed 25 years’ worth of operations data involving more than 500,000 patients. It found that eight out of 10 knee replacements (80%) and six out of 10 hip replacements (60%) last as long as 25 years. Until now, little has been known about the true success and longevity of replacement hips and knees – despite them being two of the most common forms of surgery carried out on the NHS. Previously, doctors have been unable to provide accurate estimates as to how long a patient’s replacement hip or knee might last. Now, they are in a much better position to give confident answers when questioned. Speaking about the findings of the research, which were published in The Lancet, Dr Jonathan Evans, orthopaedic registrar, lead study author and research fellow at Bristol Medical School, said: “At best, the NHS has only been able to say how long replacements are designed to last, rather than referring to actual evidence from multiple patients' experiences of joint replacement surgery. “Given the improvement in technology and techniques in the last 25 years, we expect that hip or knee replacements put in today may last even longer.” Follow these links to find out more about minimally invasive hip replacement surgery and minimally invasive knee surgery in France.

A Brief Guide to Hip Replacement Surgery


Hip replacement surgery is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon removes portions of the hip joint that are arthritic or worn out and replaces them with artificial parts, often made from metal and plastic. It is a procedure that is often undertaken when other treatment options have failed to provide a satisfactory outcome. The result of hip replacement surgery is that the patient benefits from improved mobility, hip joint function and reduced/eliminated pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 332,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States every year, highlighting that it is now a common procedure. Anyone who is experiencing debilitating hip pain and a loss of movement is a potential candidate for hip replacement surgery, but as with any medical intervention, the procedure may be unsuitable for some individuals. The really good news is that hip replacement surgery is now minimally invasive, meaning a surgeon can perform it with reduced pain; less muscle trauma; minimal scarring; and a smaller incision - all of which benefit the patient and afford a speedier recovery. You can find out more information about the hip replacement surgery options we can facilitate, including some of our partner clinics specialising in this procedure, on our website.

Our Glowing Recommendations


When it comes to your health only the best will do. We couldn’t agree more. The team at France Surgery believe that a patient deserves to have the highest level care before, during and after their treatment. That’s why we select only the best qualified practitioners for our medical team, and only the highest standard of clinics to accommodate you. But of course we would say that, right? So why not hear from a few of our past patients who will help you realise that choosing France Surgery is the only choice when it comes to taking care of your health. “I am writing to thank you for your help and the overall Surgery Package. You all gave me the very best attention seeing to my every requirement. The Hospital and nursing staff were excellent as was the Physiotherapist… ” – Paul M. “ … I personally would not hesitate in using France Surgery in the future and would most definitely recommend your services to my family and friends.” – Barry B “From the moment we made contact [with France Surgery] they were able to book me into a clinic for the operation before the end of April 2011 and accompanied me every stage of the way. I would not hesitate to recommend this organisation to others.” – Claudia D Or why not watch two of our video testimonials: Peter A, Total Hip Replacement - Philipp D C, Total Hip Replacement - Photo credit: © Mathias Rosenthal -

Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery


MINIMALLY INVASIVE HIP SURGERY Most of the orthopaedic surgeons you will be directed to, are specialised with minimally invasive hip surgery and have a great experience of these techniques. They routinely use minimally invasive surgery for primary osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis, etc. ... since 2005. Minimally invasive surgery is not just technical reducing the size of the incision, but a real non-invasive techniques without any muscular section. Compared to standard operations, minimally invasive hip surgery reduce complication's rate including a reduction (fewer of than 0.5% of dislocations) and patients benefit from a much faster recovery. This surgery is available in France at any age and with any degree of obesity. It is also suitable for sufferers of osteoporosis. Therefore a return to normal life can be expected within 3 to 4 weeks. Advantages of Minimally Invasive Hip replacement Surgery: Small Incision (3 to 4 inches) Reduced Pain Less muscles trauma Minimal scarring with a better looking scar Reduced risk of dislocation Faster recovery and more rapid return to normal life The hip replacement operation is one of the most reliable and well-tested operations in orthopaedic surgery and a consistent outcome is that it reduces or eliminates the pain of the arthritis in patients. Technique The artificial implants used for the minimally invasive hip replacement procedures are the same as those used for traditional hip replacement. Specially designed instruments are needed to prepare the socket and femur and to place the implants properly. The surgical procedure is similar, but there is less soft-tissue dissection. A single minimally invasive hip incision may measure only 3 to 6 inches. It depends on the size of the patient and the difficulty of the procedure. The incision is usually placed over the outside of the hip. The muscles and tendons are split or detached, but to a lesser extent than in the traditional hip replacement operation. They are routinely repaired after the surgeon places the implants. This encourages healing and helps prevent dislocation of the hip. To perform the two-incision procedure, the surgeon may need guidance from X-rays. It may take longer to perform this surgery than it does to perform traditional hip replacement surgery.

Computer Assisted Hip Replacement


COMPUTER ASSISTED HIP REPLACEMENT More and more French surgeons use computer-assisted navigation technology to perform hip replacement. Hip navigation helps ensure accurate restoration of leg length and offset in total hip replacement. Incorrect positioning of the implant components is the major cause of early joint dislocation, limited range of motion, early implant wear and leg length discrepancies. Hip navigation uses intra-operatively acquired 3D bone and soft tissue patient data for better implant placement. By continuously tracking surgical instruments and virtually guiding component placement, hip navigation overcomes accuracy and reproducibility challenges in standard and minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. Improved positioning of the implant components Accurate restoration of leg length and offset Intra-operative assessment of range of motion Universal and highly accurate instrumentation Improved Positioning of Implant Components Hip navigation’s visual guidance for component placement offers several tools to help lower dislocation rates and better implant conservation. Hip navigation is independent from surgical volumes, making it a powerful tool for quality assurance. Abduction and adduction and anteversion Implant sizing assistance Restoration of native joint centre Verification of full implant seating Anatomical implant placement Easy and Precise Restoration of Leg Length and Offset Managing leg length and femoral offset is critical to a successful total hip replacement surgery.Hip navigation’s leg length and offset control is a measurement tool to precisely and consistently affect these variables without changes in your surgical routine. No patient repositioning required for the posterior lateral approach No extra incision No femoral pin fixation necessary Also available as a standalone leg length-only application Intra-Operative Assessment of Range-of-Motion Limited range-of-motion and component impingement resulting from hip replacement surgery can lead to quality of life issues for the patient and earlier revision surgery. Hip navigation’s intuitive graphical representation offers intra-operative real-time assessment and visualisation of all degrees of movement freedom. Detection and documentation of impingement Recording of range-of-motion maximum value Instant and Precise Hip Navigation with Universal Instrumentation Universal instrumentation enables the orthopaedic surgeon to easily, accurately and reproducibly align implant components during total hip replacement surgery. No cumbersome intra-operative calibration necessary due to the interface Implant-specific inserts to navigate a variety of hip implant vendors Designed for both standard and MIS surgery

France Surgery Testimonial


I am writing to thank you for your help and the overall Surgery Package. You all gave me the very best attention, seeing to my every requirement. The Hospital and nursing staff were excellent as was the Physiotherapist. I couldn’t have had a kinder, more encouraging and kind Surgeon than Dr A, he came to see me, usually at least once, sometimes two or three times each day, always showing me more that I could achieve every day! I am walking very well, a little discomfort, not a problem though. I am pleased with my progress and see improvement on a weekly basis now. Many Thanks Mr Martin UK, Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

Understanding What’s Involved in Computer Assisted Hip Replacement


Hip replacements are required when a hip joint becomes damaged. A hip replacement is a relatively common type of surgery in France, which surgeons have a great deal of experience in performing.  When does a person need a hip replacement? If a hip joint becomes damaged in any way it can cause persistent pain and/or cause problems with walking. If this happens the patient should be given a hip replacement in order to aid their ability to walk and reduce their levels of pain. What is a hip replacement? During a hip replacement the natural hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint, commonly referred to as a prothesis.  Computer Assisted Hip Replacement French surgeons routinely use computers to assist in hip replacement surgery. During this type of surgery hip navigation uses 3D bone and soft tissue data from the patient to ensure that the replacement hip is better placed. Computer assistance allows for continuous tracking of the progress of the surgery and virtual guidance when placing the replacement joint. The major advantage of computer assisted hip replacement is that the placement of the hip joint is more accurate which means that the components are less likely to experience early joint dislocation, implant wear and leg length discrepancies. Photo Credit: © France Surgery

What to expect from minimally invasive hip surgery


Hip surgery is a very common surgical procedure that more and more people are having performed. Furthermore, with ageing populations around the world, it will inevitably be a more frequent occurrence. Traditional hip replacement surgery involves the surgeon removing the head of the thighbone and replacing the ball and socket joint with an artificial implant. Individuals usually undergo this procedure in an attempt to relieve pain, improve mobility or both. Minimally invasive hip surgery involves the surgeon performing the procedure through several small incisions. This approach ultimately reduces the cosmetic impact of surgery, affords a faster recovery time and usually involves less pain. For these reasons, minimally invasive hip surgery is becoming more and more popular. However, due to its more complex nature, the procedure often takes longer than traditional hip surgery and the surgeon tends to need guidance from X-rays to ensure accuracy. The two incisions that are required to perform the procedure are made over the groin for the insertion of the socket and over the buttock for placement of the stem. However, patients who undergo minimally invasive hip surgery have been known to go home on the day of surgery and benefit from less muscle damage. Why not benefit from the reduced recovery times that minimally invasive hip surgery affords and enjoy a faster rehabilitation period in a beautiful country such as France. Photo credit: © Darren Baker -

Podcast: Making the French Healthcare Connection with Carine Hilaire →

03/07/2014 On today’s show, we are excited to be speaking with Carine Hilaire. Carine is the CEO of France Surgery, a medical tourism company that helps people get into the French healthcare system. Carine’s organization is a necessary link between patients in search of a medical or surgical solution and highly-experienced French specialists. While providing the highest level of professionalism and exceptional support, France Surgery also works with select insurance providers in the United States and Great Britain. Listen to this episode to find out what you can expect from France Surgery’s services and the incredible French healthcare in general. In This Episode, You’ll Learn What kind of procedures and surgeries people travel to France to receive The benefits of going to France, over other countries, for a medical procedure The type of after-care you can expect as a France Surgery client Where to find reviews of the facilities and physicians available through Carine’s organization The testimonial of an American client who went through a $60,000 hip replacement surgery for $16,000, including his stay expenses in France, and then received a refund from his insurance