S.P.A.I.R.E Hips

S.P.A.I.R.E Hips


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Muscle Sparing

A modification of the posterior approach in total hip replacement, S.P.A.I.R.E. has the benefit of avoiding cutting the abductor complex as well as preserving both gemelli, obturator internus and piriformis tendons (quadriceps coxae). During his fellowship training in the world-renowned Exeter Hip Unit, Prof. Lee has perfected the S.P.A.I.R.E technique under the mentorship of Professor Timperley. After reviewing the results and publishing the advantages of this technique in medical journals, S.P.A.I.R.E. has become Prof. Lee’s routine practice for total hip replacement.

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Early mobilisation

This technique has been described as S.P.A.I.R.E. (Sparing Piriformis And Internus, Repair Externus), which will offer the functional benefits of the posterior approach to facilitate early mobilisation with reduced risk of dislocation (Hanly et al 2017)

Research Guided

Research has shown that the quadriceps coxae is not just an external rotator and is the primary abductor and extensor for the hip joint in a 90° flexed position, which means it has a major effect on one-legged and weight-bearing rising and propulsive motions. These muscles are essential every time a patient tries to get up from a chair (Lee et al 2012).


Without Restrictions

No Restriction is required following S.P.A.I.R.E. Hip Replacement, the muscles at the back of the hips are preserved with this approach. They act as checkreins to reduce the risk of dislocation after surgery.

Meet Prof Paul Lee

Prof. Lee is Fellowship trained in the S.P.A.I.R.E. approach in total hip replacement. S.P.A.I.R.E. has the benefit of avoiding cutting the abductor complex as well as preserving both Gemelli, Obturator Internus and piriformis tendons (quadriceps coxae). This muscle complex plays an essential role in single legged stand, rising from sitting and propulsive motions. They are very important to daily activities and fast recovery.

Being a certified expert and faculty with the Exeter Hip System, Prof. Lee can offer a personalized implant to all of his patients. Using a proven technique ensures leg length, offset and versions are perfect every time. With impaction bone grafting techniques, Prof. Lee can offer a biological solution to patients and regenerate bone in complex cases. With the unique enhanced recovery programme and muscle sparing posterior approach, hip replacement surgery is indeed a truly successful operation.

Prof Lee is an internationally recognized expert in Hip Replacement by Top Doctors. Published “The Complete Guide to Hip Replacement Recovery: Nutrition, Rest, Sex, Driving and Travelling”

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  • Lee YC, Callary SA, Howie DW, Thewlis D, Solomon LB. (2012) The Effect of Hip Position on the Length of Trochanteric Muscles: Potential Implications for Early Postoperative Management of Hip Arthroplasty. The Journal of Arthroplasty. 2012 6//;27(6):953-60.e2
  • Vaarbakken K, Steen H, Samuelsen G, Dahl HA, Leergaard TB, Nordsletten L, et al.  (2014) Lengths of the external hip rotators in mobilized cadavers indicate the quadriceps coxa as a primary abductor and extensor of the flexed hip. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2014 Aug;29(7):794-802.
  • Hanly RJ, Sokolowski S, Timperley AJ. (2017) The SPAIRE technique allows sparing of the piriformis and obturator internus in a modified posterior approach to the hip. Hip Int. [10.5301/hipint.5000490]. 2017 Feb 08:0.
  • Lee PYF, Charity J, Timperley J (2017) Details of a Tendon–Sparing Posterior Approach in Hemiarthroplasty in the Treatment of Displaced Intracapsular Neck of Femur Fracture. J Arthritis 6: 243. doi:10.4172/2167-7921.1000243
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