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Glenys celebrates 50 years of hip replacement

Newsdate: 18 December 2017



WRIGHTINGTON Hospital this week celebrated its longest follow-up of Professor Sir John Charnley’s pioneering hip replacement.

At just 24-years-old, Glenys Hope underwent a double hip replacement by the pioneering hip surgeon in 1967, to control the immense hip pain, caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Now, 50 years later, Glenys has visited the hospital for her 50 year follow-up appointment.

Glenys, from West Derby, Liverpool, said; “Wrightington Hospital was a lot different in 1967 to what it is now. It is such a unique place with a relaxed atmosphere and all the members of staff are so friendly and helpful.

Glenys, who stayed at the hospital for a matter of weeks between operations, added: “I would like to thank Professor Wroblewski, Mr Purbach and all the staff at Wrightington for their skill and dedication over the 50 years I have been attending the hospital. “

Mr Purbach said: “Glenys is evidence of the enduring success of the hip replacement developed at Wrightington Hospital. We are seeing the results of careful and meticulous surgery with long-term follow-up.”

John Charnley was a pioneer and genius who pushed the boundaries of medical and surgical research in developing the most successful hip replacement procedure to date. He achieved this by bringing together medical research and engineering.

He began his research into hip replacements in Manchester in the 1950s and performed the first successful total hip replacement operation at Wrightington Hospital in 1962, five years before Glenys had her procedures.

Clinicians and patients from around the world are fascinated and inspired by Professor Sir John Charnley’s ingenuity and achievements.

He was successful in controlling contamination in the operating theatre by introducing a laminar flow operating enclosure and it is thanks to his legacy that Wrightington attracts outstandingly talented consultants and clinical teams who share his commitment to innovation and enhanced patient care.

In 2016 Wrightington Hospital carried out 1,302 hip replacements. The National Joint Registry shows that patients who receive their treatment at Wrightington are less likely to need further surgery and their joint replacements last longer.