A monetary award from the leading medical charity, Action Research, will enable a Belfast researcher to study some of the possible causes of hip problems in people who have had replacement surgery.
Each year over 40,000 hip replacement operations are performed. Surgery is normally very successful, however some hips fail earlier than expected.
The award, worth £37,133, will make it possible for Seamus O’Hagan to find out whether hip failure in such patients is due to either loosening of the new hip or infection.
At present, the difference between these two conditions can be hard to distinguish with current techniques.
Mr O’Hagan, an Orthopaedic Registrar at Musgrave Park Hospital in conjunction with Queen’s University, Belfast, will investigate new methods of analysing blood and joint fluid to identify the cause of early hip problems.
The Action Research Training Fellowships are awarded to young, medical or science graduates for training in specific research techniques. From 94 applications received this year, only five were successful.
Director General of the charity, Anne Luther, said applicants had been of a high standard this year.
``If successful this one year project should improve the treatment for patients with hip replacement failure,’’ she said.
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