Hip Operation Success in Time for Silverstone

After a heavy fall five years ago, John Ellis from Kidderminster, tried to carry on with everyday life despite experiencing some troubles.

Mr Ellis’ passions include skiing, driving his hand built Jaguar Special Ronart and volunteering at RAF Museum Cosford, and it was only when everyday tasks such as putting his socks on, walking up the stairs and getting in and out of the car, Mr Ellis realised he may have done something more serious.

After speaking with a friend who had previously had a successful hip replacement and recommended BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital, Mr Ellis visited his GP earlier in 2019 and asked to make an appointment to see Mr Nadim Aslam at BMI.

Mr Ellis, now retired, explains “My aim was to get back to full and normal mobility and to not be in pain. My friend had also given me tickets to the BRDC Clubhouse for the Silverstone Grand Prix on 14th July and I wanted to be fit to go.”

The initial consultation with Mr Aslam took place in April 2019, and Mr Ellis described the experience as a very positive one finding Mr Aslam “immediately sympathetic and very understanding of my circumstances.” It was during this consultation that Mr Aslam informed Mr Ellis that he was actually suffering from severe Osteoarthritis. Further x-rays were sent for by Mr Aslam and it was at this point that it was confirmed a hip replacement would be needed.

“I informed Mr Aslam that my friend had bought me tickets to see the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone in July 2019 and he immediately recognised this and understood what the goal was, however I didn’t think the operation and recovery would be completed until much later in the summer.” It was in May 2019 that Mr Ellis’ operation was confirmed and a date was set for the 14th June, four weeks before the Grand Prix.

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Before the operation took place, Mr Ellis came in for his pre-operative assessment at BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital, an experience described as “very comfortable and reassuring.” On the day of the operation, Mr Ellis recalls being very nervous about having a spinal anaesthetic but was made to feel very re-assured by his Anaesthetist, who explained everything thoroughly and put his concerns to rest. “When I was taken down to theatre at 8:30, I recall feeling no pain or discomfort when being given the anaesthetic and the next thing I remember I was awake in the recovery area, with my operation complete!”

Mr Ellis recalls “I was back in my bed wiggling my toes at 11:30 in no pain whatsoever! Lunch arrived an hour later and further tests were completed by the nurses on the ward who were very professional.” Later that afternoon Mr Aslam visited Mr Ellis to explain that the operation had gone well and he could weight bear straight away. The Physiotherapy team came up the same day to assist Mr Ellis and to get him out of bed and moving again.

Mr Ellis was informed he could go home the next day if he wanted to and has since been in the care of BMI’s Physiotherapist, Pete Cave who has been working on Mr Ellis’ rehabilitation. “Pete has been excellent; he is very professional and has a very engaging personality! I have been very happy with my progress post-op and have been given a variety of exercises to complete. "I experienced no pain at any time, have needed no pain-killers, and had almost no bruising”

At two weeks Mr Ellis returned to driving thanks to the success of Mr Aslam’s minimally invasive hip surgery technique and rehabilitation programme created by Pete Cave.

Just five weeks after his hip replacement, Mr Ellis was able to achieve what he set out by not only attending the Silverstone Grand Prix this summer, but was able to attend pain free and thoroughly enjoy the day without the need of crutches - which he had returned to the hospital 3 weeks after his operation.

Mr Ellis is now back to doing the things he loves, including long walks, gardening and of course, driving.

Mr Aslam now offers a minimally invasive, tissue sparing, total hip replacement using a new technique.

By not cutting any muscles around the hip and working through a small ‘window’ in the tissues, the hip can be replaced with minimal soft tissue damage. This can provide faster recovery, shorter hospital stay and rapid return to full function.

With the new minimally invasive Hip Replacement surgery there is no surgical dislocation of the hip. By not surgically dislocating the hip, there is less trauma to the surrounding muscles and tendons and no muscles are cut during surgery.

With this technique, the implant is built inside the body, so the hip is not twisted into unnatural positions. This leaves more tissue intact, specifically the short external rotator tendons and gluteus medius muscle. These muscles are normally responsible for preventing dislocation.

Follow Mr Nadim Aslam, Consultant Orthopaedic & Knee Surgeon for more information on his specialties.

Date: 20th September 2019