When retired supermarket manager Les Parry went into hospital for a new hip after he didn’t realise he was going to become part of an award-winning team.
Seventy-year-old Les, of Rogerstone, Newport, was advised that he was ‘perfect’ for a Direct Anterior Approach hip replacement procedure.
He took the advice and the operation was a big success, with Les back on the golf course in less than three months and being ‘pain free’ for the first time in over ten years.
Now he is delighted to hear that the operation has just won a major award for the surgeon and the Cardiff Spire Hospital where it was carried out.
The pioneering operation, which can increase patient recovery speed, was recognised at the prestigious LaingBuisson Independent Awards where it won the Medical Practice Award.
The procedure – which has been championed in Cardiff by orthopaedic surgeon Mr Marci Maheson – means less damage is caused to soft tissue, muscles or nerves surrounding the hip, which can reduced by more than half the patient’s stay in hospital when compared with a traditional replacement operation.
It also means recovery time and the need for physiotherapy is also reduced in a majority of cases.
“I had it done in the first week of December and I was cooking Christmas dinner for the whole family just three weeks later – it really was amazing.
“To be honest, I didn’t completely understand the difference between the various operations I could have had, but I had great confidence in Mr Maheson and so I took his advice. If my recovery is anything to go by then no wonder it won an award!”
Mr Maheson explained: “In a ‘traditional’ operation the surgeon goes in through the buttock, meaning they have to cut through major muscles and soft tissue.
“The Direct Anterior Approach means a much smaller incision through the front of the pelvis. I then use a natural gap between two muscles at the front of the thigh to replace the hip joint.
“Interestingly, when hip replacements began in the 1940s, surgeons used the anterior approach. However, over time, this technique was replaced by accessing from the side or the back. It is only the development of new technology, along with the introduction of smaller implants, that has allowed us to revert to the front entry.”
The award was presented to Hospital Director Sarah Lloyd-Davies by Rob Anderson, Operations Director, Spire Healthcare and television presenter and former politician Michael Portillo.
Afterwards Mrs Lloyd-Davies said: “This is a great honour for our hospital. The LaingBuisson Awards really are at the top of the tree when it comes to private healthcare and it is fantastic to receive one.
“Unfortunately Mr Maheson could not attend the ceremony with us but I would like to thank him for his skill and dedication as well as his tremendous commitment to Spire Cardiff Hospital which, in 2012, was declared an International Reference Centre for this type of surgery.”
Featured image: LaingBuisson Award being presented to Hospital Director Sarah Lloyd-Davies by Rob Anderson, Operations Director, Spire Healthcare and television presenter and former politician Michael Portillo.