Julie undergoes pioneering hip surgery

Many of you will know that Julie Iveson was about to undergo hip surgery, for damage she sustained several years ago, as an international gymnast. Well four weeks on, Julie is back on her feet, doing her exercises regularly and looking forward to returning to work in mid March. Hip surgery has advanced considerably over recent years, with several options now available, from arthroscopy to hip resurfacing, stem cell therapy, microplasty and finally total hip replacement. The rule of thumb is to preserve the patient’s own bone/tissue for as long as possible, and these innovative techniques have now allowed more...

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cells are perhaps nature’s best kept secret. These cells, which are found in humans and other organisms, have the ability to divide and multiply and thus form various structures such as cartilage and bone. Adult stem cells (as opposed to the controversial embryonic cells ) are generally taken from the patient’s own bone marrow, which prevents the possibility of infection or rejection. It is currently being trialled worldwide and we will watch this space to see how things...