Andrew Carrothers has a specialist interest in minimally invasive hip and knee surgery and is a member of the group of surgeons known as SMART (Specialist Mako Assisted Robotic Team) based at the hospital. The robot works alongside the surgeon from the pre-surgery planning stage through to assisting in the surgery, improving accuracy and precision. This state-of-the-art system allows the surgeon to perform a total hip, total knee or a uni-compartmental knee replacement using a minimally invasive technique that causes less damage to muscles, reduces post-operative pain and speeds recovery. In relation to inimally invasive hip replacement surgery, Andrew is happy to discuss the risks and benefits of both the mini posterior approach and direct anterior approach.
For some knee replacements Andrew uses the 3D printed patient customised iTotal Conformis knee implants which are individually designed and manufactured for you, providing a perfect, customised fit that mimics the natural shape of your knee. An implant that is sized and shaped to your precise measurements allows more natural, pain-free movement of the joint. Patients experience less pain after surgery and there is less wear and tear on the implant, meaning that it may last longer. More of the patient’s own healthy bone and ligaments can be preserved and, over time, it is hoped that individuals who have a customised knee replacement experience more stability and more function in the knee.
With increasing numbers of people participating in a wide range of sporting activity Andrew dedicates a significant amount of his private practice to lower limb sporting injuries encompassing a comprehensive review of the whole weight bearing lower limb. Injuries to the pelvis, hip and knee are common and there are various treatment options available. It’s important to understand that a sports injury can lead to chronic problems if left untreated. Common sports injuries include strains and sprains, knee ligament injuries, swollen muscles, shin splints and fractures. For further reading please see the Sports Injury & Performance blogs at Carrothers Orthopaedics.
Andrew has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and he lectures nationally and internationally on a wide range of joint replacement and trauma reconstructive topics. He is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Royal Army Medical Corps. For further information on his publications please search “Andrew Carrothers” on Google Scholar.