Carrothers Orthopaedics is a growing pelvic and lower limb orthopaedic practice based in Cambridge and led by experienced orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Andrew Carrothers. It has been a great year for us and our patients, with many highlights, achievements and milestones.
From International podium presentations, participating in ground-breaking research, an overwhelming number of heart-warming patient reviews, as well as achieving more personal goals – 2019 has been a year to remember. Here are some of our highlights:
Clinical milestones with patients
In October, Andrew was part of the team that performed the 100th Mako Robotic Assisted Arm surgery at Nuffield Cambridge hospital!
We believe that Mako Robotic Assisted surgery is becoming the next level in orthopaedic surgery, so we are delighted to be a part of this innovative transformation. Since October, Andrew has performed many more surgeries using robotics, which assists with accuracy and can reduce recovery time for patients.
In November, Andrew had personally completed more than 60 Mako Robotic Arm Assisted joint replacement cases and this number increases every week as more patients opt for this surgery.
“Mr. Andrew Carrothers performed my Mako robotic-arm assisted Total Hip Arthroplasty exactly a year ago. I sincerely doubt I would have received more attentive care or a better outcome with any other Orthopaedic surgeon.” IWGC verified patient
I Want Great Care Reviews
Our patients are at the centre of everything we do, which is why receiving so many wonderful reviews each week is so heart-warming.
To read such positive feedback about the new pain-free life patients are able to enjoy following surgery is why we are orthopaedic surgeons! I Want Great Care is a fantastic platform for patients to read real-life, verified patient feedback about medical professionals and at the end of 2019, Andrew has received almost 300 reviews, with 5/5 stars!
“I want to thank Mr Carrothers on the fantastic work on my hip. I have now been discharged and hopefully will be pain free for years to come. He is extremely honest with the best and worst case scenarios, which really helps with how to live your life in the future. I want to thank him for the support he has given me and my family to ensure we are fully informed and help my recovery.”
I Want Great Care Certificate of Excellence
I Want Great Care recognise excellence by providing certificates to the best clinicians. Mr Carrothers was honoured and humbled to receive this certificate in July 2019, marking the continued great work he is doing to help patients.
This is an extract from the letter Andrew received from I Want Great Care:
Alongside clinical work, Mr Carrothers is regularly asked to present at events both nationally and internationally. These are the key presentations from 2019, many of which are esteemed speaking positions and reflect important research topics that Andrew is proud to have been able to contribute to.
(1) Simultaneous Fracture Fixation and Total Hip Arthroplasty for Osteoporotic Acetabular Fractures in the Elderly.
- OTA Denver, 25-28 September 2019
- Largest Trauma conference in the world and an honour to have our research recognised with our podium presentation on this extremely important topic of fragility type fractures in the older population – options of surgery to maintain their quality of life and functional status.
(2) ‘The Harrington Plus’ – An Advancement of the Harrington Technique for Reconstruction of Pathological Fractures of the Acetabulum
- EFFORT Lisbon, 7 June 2019
- Palliative Cancer Surgery in the pelvis/hip to prevent fracture and being condemned to pain and the remainder of their life in a wheelchair. A novel operation that I’ve added to the medical literature and been successfully performing in Addenbrookes for the past 5 years.
(3) Simultaneous Fracture Fixation and Hip Replacement For Osteoporotic Acetabular Fractures in the Elderly
- EFFORT Lisbon, 6 June 2019
(4) ORIF versus THA for geriatric acetabular fractures
- The University of British Columbia Orthopaedic Update and BCOA Annual meeting
- Vancouver, 3 May 2019
- Sharing of surgical experience and outcomes, across the pond….
(1) Elderly Acetabular Fractures
- 33rdEdinburgh International Trauma Symposium 2019
- Lecturing Faculty for this week-long internationally recognised and acclaimed trauma course, running in parallel with the Edinburgh Fringe festival. A great week of work and play in this wonderful city, forging strong national and international relationships for future research and work opportunities.
(2) Simultaneous fracture fixation and hip replacement for osteoporotic acetabular fractures in the elderly.
- British Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress, 10-13 September 2019. Liverpool.
- The Annual UK Orthopaedic conference – again great recognition from my UK peers in this area of my research.
(3) Management of Pelvic Fractures.
- 10thTrauma & Orthopaedics Conference, Addenbrookes May 2019
Mr Andrew Carrothers also has a keen interest in orthopaedic research and will be continuing with research projects into 2020.
Andrew is Chief Investigator on the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme: PB-PG-0815-20054 – AceFIT – Acetabular Fractures in older patients Intervention Trial. A feasibility study comparing three methods of treatment of acetabular fractures in older patients; surgical fixation versus surgical fixation and hip replacement versus non-surgical treatment.
‘AceFIT’ – After tough open competition and eventual award of 250k funding (with additional 100k industry support – 350k trial) this is an NHS Randomised Control Trial (RCT) feasibility study. After ethical approval the study is run by Cambridge Trials Unit and was opened in Addenbrookes Cambridge University Hospital this year. Rolled out to 10 other national Major Trauma Units. With a target recruitment of 60 patients (20 in each of 3 arms), and a minimum recruitment of 36 to show feasibility we have currently successfully recruited 56 patients into this surgical trial. Magnificent effort from everyone involved from patients through to surgeons, for which I am very grateful.
There are plans for a multi-national fully funded RCT in the future.
Author on Peer Review Publications
(1) Knee Fix Or Replace Trial (KFORT) – A Randomised Controlled Feasibility Study
The Bone & Joint Journal October 19
(2) Pulmonary Embolism following Complex Trauma: UK MTC Observational Study
Emergency Medicine Journal, July 2019
(3) An advancement of the Harrington technique for reconstruction of pathological fractures of the acetabulum
Accepted BMJ Case Reports, Sept 2018. Manuscript ID bcr-2018-226428
(4) Dual mobility total hip arthroplasty: identification and reduction technique.
Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2019 Jan;101(1):71-72. doi: 10.1308/rcsann.2018.0194. Epub 2018 Nov 1. PubMed PMID:30381953; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6303809.
(5) A tip to prevent total hip arthroplasty femoral stem pull-out
Volume: 101 Issue: 1, January 2019, pp. 72-73
Published online: November 01, 2018
Other educational courses attended/contributed to:
- 06/2019 Stryker Mako Masters User Group Symposium.
- 06/2019 Stryker Faculty – European Trauma Case Controversies, Krakow Poland.
- 03/2019 Lecturer Cambridge Basic Science Course FRCS. Lecturing to Registrars who are about to sit their orthopaedic exit exams.
- 01/2019 Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual conference, Burton.
Ongoing posts and participation
Ongoing Cambridge University Associate Lecturer: teaching and examining of Cambridge medical students – helping to build the next generation of UK NHS Doctors!
Ongoing military reservist doctor – laying Remembrance Day wreath both in the local parish as well as local primary school, with appropriate talk beforehand.
On a lighter but equally gratifying note; sponsoring the very successful local youth football team their kit for the season! It is a privilege to be able to support our local football youth team in this manner, and be part of their very successful season thus far. This is largely down to the professionalism and focused attitudes of the entire team; from the team manager and coach down to every member of the squad, not to mention the dedication from the relentless parent and family support network who turn out every match to cheer the team on and often to get cold and wet! Well done to everyone involved.