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The Orthopod – an osteoarthritis podcast

The orthopod

The Orthopod - an osteoarthritis podcast

In this episode we explore osteoarthritis with consultant orthopedic surgeon Mr Mark Latimer. We look at the causes of and treatments for osteoarthritis along with the need for more research into the subject. The podcast covers the risk factors for the development of osteoarthritis. We cover the surgical and non surgical treatments of a potentially disabling disease that will affect 85% of us.

NB. an error has been noted at 15 minutes in – the injectable treatment used privately in the UK if of course Hyaluronic acid and not glucosamine

Today's guest

Mr Latimer works as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at both Addenbrookes Hospital and at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals. He has a specialist interest in children’s orthopaedics, adult lower limb surgery and trauma surgery.

Before studying medicine he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Engineering Economics and Management. He performed Engineering research for both ICI and Monsanto as an intern before going on to complete a fourth year Masters in Engineering at Oxford.

He subsequently studied Pre-Clinical Medicine at Oxford University and Clinical Medicine at Cambridge University. He was awarded the degree of MBBChir in December 1997.

He joined the East Anglian Orthopaedic Rotation in 2002. This included 2 years of dedicated lower limb surgery in Cambridge.

He passed his FRCS (Tr & Orth) exams in 2007 and was selected for the prestigious Ingham Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in Sydney. He spent a little over a year in Sydney. The fellowship included a comprehensive training in all aspects of children’s orthopaedic and trauma surgery as well as an opportunity to work in the Kerry Packer Research Institute with Professor David Little.

Mr Mark Latimer was awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2018 from iWantGreatCare in February 2018.

Special interests

  • Children’s Orthopaedics
  • Adult Hip and Knee Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery

Other interests

Medico-Legal Practice:

  • General medical reports
  • Expert witness work relating to non-accidental injury
  • Medical negligence work

Interesting links for today's show

Versus Arthritis – Arthritis charity funding research into arthritis and supporting those affected by the disease.

Mr Mark Latimer Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon:

Music by Drew Worthley:

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Arthrodesis – The surgical fusing of a joint to relieve pain 

Arthroscopy – Keyhole surgery of a joint

Cochran review- A database of scientific reviews which pool together a number of studies to try to produce the best available evidence on a medical topic

Haemarthrosis – Joint damage caused by bleeding within a joint. Often a very disabling complication of hemophilia

Hip Resurfacing – an alternative to hip replacement where the head of the femur has a new artificial surface put onto it

Intra-articular – Within a joint

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Michelle Martin

    Great informative PodCast. I had surgery 6 years ago on my shoulder joint. It has been pain free and usable since. But I now have painful ankles.
    So little is know about osteoarthritis and so it’s very encouraging to hear this PodCast today. Thank You.

    1. dcs26

      Thanks for your kind comments!

  2. Chris

    Just got back from our daily walk… two positives…I got a new stick which turns out to be a tad shorter than the last one… no shoulder pain with this one. More important I did what your guest suggested and used it in the opposite hand to the hip which is giving the trouble… no pain!
    I found this a most helpful interview. Thank you!

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