Fortis to launch hip replacement training centre

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NewZNew (S A S Nagar) : To take the expertise of hip replacement surgery to a new level, Fortis Hospital is soon starting a hip replacement training centre in its premises at Mohali in association with world renowned Exeter Institute of the UK.

Revealing this here today, Dr Ramesh K. Sen, Director of joint replacement at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, said budding orthopaedic replacement will be imparted skill training under an internationally standardised module for training.

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Meanwhile, eminent hip replacement surgeon from Australia Dr. Ross William Crawford, who is here to participate in the 35th Annual Conference of North Zone Orthopaedic Association, has agreed to share his expertise with budding orthopaedic surgeons from across India at a workshop planned to be organised by Fortis Hospital Mohali in March this year.

Dr Sen said the aim of this workshop is to deliver enhanced education / training on Total Hip Replacement (THR) procedure to budding orthopaedic surgeons with a view to providing quality care to the patient. The workshop will not only serve to polish the skills of upcoming surgeons in THR but will also help to demolish the myths about this procedure.

Complimenting the growing number of successful hip replacement procedures in India, Dr. Crawford expressed satisfaction that hip replacement surgeons and hospitals in India have become World leaders at this procedure, in terms of both expertise and experience.

Dr Sen informed that THR is usually advised as the golden standard of hip arthritis and a medical condition called avascular necrosis in patients older than 65 yrs or with advanced hip destruction or altered anatomy of the hip. The key factors fuelling the growth of hip replacement surgeries are an aging population, sedentary lifestyle, rising health care expenditure, improved healthcare infrastructure and medical tourism.

However, Dr Sen said, even the younger population these days is at risk. Improved implant designs and a wide choice of implants have also helped surgeons choose the implant that best suits the needs of each patient. Most people above 60 yrs suffer from some kind of bone and joint disease and many of them have an immediate need for joint replacement surgery, he added.