Mr. Dirk van Bavel


  • Hip replacements: 50 years since NI's first operation

    It was recently 50 years since the 1st hip replacement was performed in Northern Ireland and next year will be the 50 year celebration of the Exeter hip replacement. The Exeter hip has been modified a few times since it was originally designed but the basic philosophy continues. It is still the most commonly used hip replacement in Australia and is used by all of the MHK team for some of their patients.

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  • Hip replacement technique turns 50

    The modern skill of hip replacement was pioneered by Sir John Charnley as seen in this news clip. While his prosthesis is rarely used any more some of the older design hip replacements which have a track record for success are still being used and outperforming the newer implants. Our aim is always to provide a hip replacement that will last a lifetime

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  • Robot used to guide surgeons through knee operations

    Although this article is a few years old it highlights some of the possible benefits of robotic knee surgery. All of the MHK surgeons are trained in Robotic surgery and are happy to discuss if this might be right for you

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  • Rise in number of 'younger' knee replacements

    These days there are more and more young patients requiring a total knee replacement. This means we need to be better at our operations and ensure that the prosthesis will allow the patients to be as active as they wish.

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  • Glan Clwyd Hospital trials new app for physio patients

    Technology is increasingly being used in healthcare for both research and for improving patient treatment as per this article. Our staff stay up to date on the latest advances in orthopaedics including patients specific operation, advances in joint preservation and robotics.

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