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Hip replacement: past present and future and the influence of Teesside on the safety of these devices

Mr Tony Nargol, Orthopaedic Surgeon, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and Nuffield Health

Hip replacement or, to give it its proper name, total hip arthroplasty (THA) is considered to be one of the most successful surgical procedures, benefitting millions of people worldwide. However changes were made to these hips around the turn of the century which would have a significant impact on many patients.

Orthopaedic surgeon Mr Tony Nargol, who has spent his professional career on Teesside replacing hips for almost 20 years, developed a centre for examining hip and knee replacements. This led to the identification of well performing implants, but also those that were failing prematurely. Teesside changed the course of history in how hip replacements were being designed. Mr Nargol will show how Teesside had an influence around the world on patient care. This led to the massive international medico-legal battle with one of the largest healthcare companies taking Mr Nargol to Ireland, Australia and the USA. Mr Nargol’s story has some similarity to the events in the film Erin Brockovich.