Ross Memorial Hospital first in Ontario to use new hip replacement implant technology

By Lindsay Advocate

Christine Ham, RPN, Susan Dallas-Wood, Registered Nurse First Assist, Katie Oliver, RN, Arthur Goard, patient, Dr. Sebastian Heaven, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Mohammed Hussein, Anesthesiologist, Michelle McCombe, RN, and Kara Harman, RN, prior to the first Insignia femoral stem implant in hip arthroplasty surgery being completed in Ontario at Ross Memorial Hospital.

Ross Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Ontario to use an Insignia femoral stem implant in hip arthroplasty surgery. 

Dr. Sebastian Heaven, an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH), performed the inaugural surgery on Feb. 15.  

The new Insignia femoral implant stem was recently approved by Health Canada. 

According to Heaven, there is increasing movement towards using collared stems in hip replacements that don’t use cement, which is the majority in Canada and the United States, due to some large registry databases showing improved survival of these implants as compared to their collarless versions. Ultimately, this translates to a lower likelihood of needing a second surgery after hip replacement when using this technology. 

RMH conducts around 150 hip replacements annually. Heaven foresees the majority of them using the Insignia femoral stem implant moving forward.  

“The implant we’ve used has some unique proprietary design features that are all geared towards maximizing the probability that the implant is stable and grown onto by the patient’s own bone – functionally making it a part of their body. Collared stem design and its behaviour after implantation when compared to collarless designs was also the topic of my master’s thesis, so it’s an area of particular interest for me. I’m delighted our smaller, rural hospital can be at the forefront of available hip implant technology,” says Heaven.

Kelly Isfan, president and CEO at RMH, says they are very proud of Dr. Heaven for being a leader when it comes to hip replacements in Ontario.   

1 Comment

  1. John Richard moth says:

    I recently found out I need a double hip transplant I’m. I’m waiting to hear from a surgeon now. Wondering if wondering if you could do the surgery.

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