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New ergonomic instruments for hip surgery

An EU-funded initiative developed new instruments for hip surgery based on ergonomic design. Advances in this area improve on working conditions of surgeons during operations and contribute to the patient experience.
New ergonomic instruments for hip surgery
The 'Ergonomic instruments development for hip surgery. An innovative approach on orthopaedic implants design' (ENHIP) project developed instruments for use in open orthopaedic hip surgery and minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Although the role of instrument design is very important in both cases, it is critical in MIS techniques as the prosthesis cannot be fitted without an appropriate instruments design.

Patient quality of life was improved by reducing the length of time required to conduct an operation. The use of MIS meant fewer and smaller incisions thereby enabling the patient to recover more quickly. Thanks to ENHIP a new generation of instruments will be available for implant manufacturers and help reduce post-operative problems for patients.

Project partners included providers of innovative surgical instruments, rsearch and technology development (RTD) centres, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and hospitals. Knowledge transfer from RTD performers to SME partners contributed to increased use of European innovation in the surgical implants and medical devices market. The know-how and techniques developed and implemented as a result of ENHIP has given developers of the new surgical instruments an excellent position in the global marketplace.

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