Lady Gaga Op Will Raise The Profile Of Hip Arthroscopy

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UK hip surgeon Jon Conroy thinks Lady Gaga’s imminent surgery will help raise the worldwide profile of pioneering minimally invasive hip surgery.


Harrogate (UK) hip surgeon Mr Jon Conroy, along with other leading UK orthopaedic surgeons, has been working with the design team at UK device company Surgical Innovations plc (SI) to develop a hip arthroscopy system. Their aim is to improve safety, visualisation and access into the hip joint in a procedure that is currently performed by a limited number of orthopedic surgeons due to the technical complexities presented by the anatomy.

Back to Lady Gaga, it is believed the pop sensation has had a hip problem for a while, which last week was diagnosed as a labral tear; forcing her to pull out of the remaining 25 dates of her US and Canada tour.

With increased clinical training and surgical exposure the number of procedures is expected to grow year-on-year. Mr Conroy, who himself specialises in hip arthroscopy, believes Lady Gaga’s high profile status will help promote the technique as a practical option for both patients and surgeons. He believes it could becomes the approach of choice for a variety of hip conditions that might otherwise require more significant interventions.

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Mr Conroy explains: “The labrum is a cartilage structure attached to the rim of the hip socket. It creates a seal around the ball of the hip and often tears will occur in athletes or dancers who have repetitive injuries to the hip, as in the case of Lady Gaga. The tear won’t heal itself thus surgery is necessary to repair the labrum with stitches. Additionally hip arthroscopy offers opportunities to preserve the hip and potentially, in the future, obviate the need for hip replacements.”

He added: “The market of hip arthroscopy is rising every year and this is expected to continue through technological advancements in orthopaedic instrumentation increased patient demand and as more surgeons adopt hip arthroscopy practices. It is one of the most rapidly growing areas in orthopaedic surgery.”

Source: Surgical Innovations plc