Tullamore surgeons in pioneering hip replacement

THE Orthopaedic team at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore recently welcomed International expert Dr Erik De Witte Orthopaedic Surgeon, of ASZ Hospital in Belgium who shared his expertise on the area of minimally invasive surgery of the hip.

THE Orthopaedic team at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore recently welcomed International expert Dr Erik De Witte Orthopaedic Surgeon, of ASZ Hospital in Belgium who shared his expertise on the area of minimally invasive surgery of the hip.

Dr De Witte is one of the pioneers of muscle and nerve sparing surgery in hip replacement. Since 2004 he has performed 3,500 of these operations.

Theatre staff watched intently as the hospital Orthopaedic Surgeons completed the evolving surgery under the guidance of Dr de Witte which reduces the recovering time for the patient and the length of time required for the patient to spend in hospital.

Mr David Cogley Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore stated, “Erik is a wonderful teacher and is enthusiastic in sharing his expertise and spreading techniques of less invasive hip replacement with us to the benefit of all of our patients. Without a doubt the future of hip replacement surgery has arrived in the Midlands allowing patients less pain around the time of surgery and much faster recovery.”

Mr Eoin Sheehan who has joined the Orthopaedic Department from Thomas Jefferson hospital in Philadelphia having specialised in hip and knee replacement surgery said, “It is important that the midlands and particularly Tullamore Hospital pioneers this new method of hip replacement surgery. Our ambition is to create a centre of excellence in rapid recovery tissue sparing and high quality hip surgeries.”

“Hopefully we can put Tullamore on the world stage as a centre for high quality surgery and serve the people of midlands with a high standard of care,” he added.

Speaking about the visit, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr James Sproule who recently returned from Canada, where he completed two years of advanced specialist training in knee, foot and ankle surgery said, “The Orthopaedic Department is delighted to be endorsed by such a high profile international specialist as Dr Erik de Witte. In our current climate of fiscal prudence, it is essential that the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore examines all avenues to contain expenditure. Having gained valuable exposure while working abroad I am only to well aware of the importance of delivering healthcare in a productive and cost-efficient manner and this evolving surgery is a positive step in the right direction.”

The addition of Mr Eoin Sheehan and Mr James Sproule to the hospital orthopaedic team with their experience combined with that of the other members of the team Ms. Dorothy Niall, Mr John Lunn, Mr David Cogley and Mr Refaat Zaki complements the range of orthopaedic services available in the Midlands.

The pioneering development at the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore is part of ongoing developments in the Orthopaedic Department which centres on successful pre-operative assessment clinics permitting greater daycase surgery and same day surgery admissions which mean a greater number of patients can be seen and treated within shorter timeframes.