60 years since 'game changing' breakthrough in hip replacements.


November 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the very first hip replacement procedure performed by Sir John Charnley at Wrightington Hospital (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust).

In the years leading up to this ‘game changing’ procedure, Charnley recognised the need to create a micro-biologically clean surgical zone to avoid wound sepsis from airborne contamination. He formed a successful collaboration with Howorth Air Tech that led to the creation of the world’s first Ultra Clean Ventilation (UCV) system. This pioneering work led to a significant reduction in surgical site infections.

Today, 60 years on, Charnley’s techniques are still being used around the world alongside Howorth’s current EXFLOW™ UCV canopies.

We're delighted that ITV News have produced a fantastic piece on this: 60 years since 'game changing' breakthrough

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