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Sir John Charnley and the Howorth Exflow™

22 November 2012


Professor Sir John Charnley (1911-1982) is recognised as the founder of modern hip replacement, which is now one of the most common operations in the UK. He was a master surgeon, innovator and bio-engineer. His work has been an outstanding contribution to the relief of human suffering.

As part of his ground breaking work, he recognised the necessity of providing a “clean zone” during orthopaedic surgery to avoid sepsis from airborne contamination.  He approached Howorth Air Technology (then Howorth Air Engineering) to design and build the world’s first Ultra Clean air surgical enclosure, installed in Wrightington Hospital with a dramatic reduction in infection rates.

The Howorth UCV Canopy set the standards then, and 50 years later still leads the market, constantly evolving, but always remaining true to Charnley’s vision.

To celebrate 50 years of the Charnley Hip Replacement, Howorth will be uniting with Wrightington Hospital at an Open Day on Saturday, 24 November 2012.  The event will be opened by Lady Charnley, and is free of charge and open to all.

Visitors will be able to:

  • Take a site tour, including the patient journey and operating theatres
  • Look round the Charnley museum, which includes the world’s first Ultra Clean operating theatre
  • Join in with talks from leading consultants
  • Take part in interactive demonstrations on how surgery was performed and how techniques have changed
  • View displays on orthopaedic surgery and medical equipment from past and present
  • Watch a hip replacement on DVD (not for the faint hearted!)