Full Case Study

The Exeter Hip Replacement was designed by Professor Robin Ling of the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital, Exeter, and Dr Clive Lee of the University of Exeter and first implanted in November 1970. It is currently the most widely and commonly used cemented hip replacement in the world, with over 40 years of clinical results, continuing to be at the forefront of technology and innovation. The Exeter Hip is suitable for patients of all ages. It is also a hugely successful treatment, with over 90% of patients being totally pain-free following surgery. Success rates, with the endpoint being loosening of the socket or stem, are better than 95% at 15 years and many patients have now had their Exeter Hip Replacement in position for over 30 years.

First used in 1970, the Exeter hip revolutionised hip replacement operations with a 'metal on plastic' cemented hip and is now the most frequently used cemented hip replacement in the world, with over 1 million operations undertaken by the end of 2010. Approximately 90,000 hips are now used each year – that's the equivalent of the adult population of Exeter being given a new spring in their step every 12 months.

According to Dr Clive Lee "We were proud to name the hip after Exeter as so many people in the University and the hospital were instrumental in its development. We had significant technical and other support from the University's former department of Engineering Science.... Still the biggest pleasure for me is when people who have had replacement hips come up to me and thank me for changing their lives."