The ‘Silent™ Hip’ is designed for the young and active patient with arthritis of the hip. It is a relatively new procedure that has many potential advantages over standard hip replacements and resurfacing hip replacements.
The key feature of the ‘Silent™’ hip is the stem. The stem is the part of the hip that sits in the femur or thigh bone. Traditionally a stem sits in the shaft of the femur but in the ‘Silent™’ hip it is shorter and fixes only in the neck of the thigh bone. This saves a considerable amount of bone for the future. If revision surgery is required at a later date I believe it will be significantly less complicated.
The bearing is the part of the joint that moves. The bearing surfaces can be metal on metal, metal on ceramic or ceramic on ceramic. I have chosen only to use ceramic on ceramic bearings as I believe they are well proven, long lasting and provide excellent function for the younger active patient.
The ‘Silent™’ Hip is fixed to the bone using a well proven non cemented surface finish.
Jon Conroy and the ‘Silent™ Hip
I have been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Harrogate since 2006. Appointed as a Revision or ‘Redo’ Surgeon I am aware of the problems associated with failing hip replacements.
Young, physically demanding patients will almost certainly require a further hip replacement in the future due to wear of their hip. I believe the use of the Silent™ Hip with ceramic bearings will minimize bone loss, allowing less complicated revision surgery and provide increased longevity over traditional hip replacements.
I was chosen to be in the first wave of surgeons trained to use the ‘Silent™’ Hip and perform surgery for Private and NHS patients.
Note: The ‘Silent™’ Hip is a new prosthesis without the long term follow up of the majority of hip replacements. Manufactured by DePuy a Johnson and Johnson Company.