Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which involves examination and treatment of the hip joint. Although knee arthroscopy is relatively common in hospitals around the world, hip arthroscopy is much newer and is being performed by fewer orthopaedic surgeons due to the added technical complexities surgeons face within the hip joint, however the number of procedures grows year-on-year.
Using 20 years of experience in the laparoscopic arena, Surgical Innovations (SI) is looking to combat these difficulties by developing new pioneering technologies. Our concept designers are working closely with leading orthopaedic surgeons to develop a pioneering range of arthroscopic products and instrumentation that seek to solve challenges in the emerging form of arthroscopic surgery.
We are developing innovative solutions to improve safety, visualisation and access into the hip joint, harnessing SI attributes of quality, reliability and functionality. We are also working alongside innovative orthopaedic companies, looking at how future treatments could delay or obviate hip replacement.
Leading UK hip arthroscopy surgeon, Sion Glyn Jones, said:
“The market of hip arthroscopy has already demonstrated an exponential rise in the UK (450%), statistics that were presented at the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) earlier in the year. Over the next few years this rise is expected to continue as improvements in technology are made, more surgeons adopt hip arthroscopy practices and patient demand increases. It is arguably the most rapidly growing field in orthopedic surgery.”
SI enjoyed a successful ISHA (International Society of Hip Arthroscopy) exhibition last week in Boston, MA with our pre-production hip arthroscopy products being well-received by surgeons from across the globe.
It was encouraging to see how our portfolio of laparoscopic instrumentation can successfully transfer to the arthroscopy market giving surgeons improved access, safety and visualisation during surgical procedures. The technology and IP used in our port access system and retraction devices created substantial interest from the international surgeons, with many keen to work with SI to develop the prototypes further and offer clinical feedback over the coming months.
The consensus amongst surgeons was that new innovative instrumentation was needed in the hip arthroscopic market to respond to the growing development of the specialism, something which SI is ideally placed to provide. The feedback from the congress has also highlighted new product opportunities that will ultimately increase the effectiveness and safety of the procedure itself.
Graham Bowland, CEO of SI said: “It was promising to see the high number and international diversity of surgeons in attendance at ISHA. It is clear there is a passion to drive forward the hip arthroscopy discipline as a key method of treatment for various forms of hip repair.”
“We believe the technology transfer from our laparoscopic instrumentation into hip arthroscopy is well-placed to overcome the challenges hip arthroscopy specialists are facing, and with our in-house design and manufacture teams, SI can rapidly bring innovative products through from concept to ultimate clinical use. SI is proud to be a part of this exciting new surgical discipline.”