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In September 2018 Joint Operations and our partners at the Wrightington Lower Limb unit organised the first ‘Principles in bone grafting workshop’ at the Cadaveric lab in Wrightington, Wigan. It was at this hospital that Sir John Charnley pioneered hip replacement surgery in the early 1960s.

The course was both theoretical and practical, focusing on the impaction grafting of the Fresh Frozen Femoral heads that were supplied by the Wrightington Lower Limb Unit. Joint Operations works in partnership with Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust to distribute these Fresh Frozen Femoral heads all across the UK.  

The bone grafting technique was taught by Mr. Bodo Purbach who started the event with a presentation of his in-depth experience and expertise using bone grafting in surgery. The delegates then presented and discussed their own cases before the practical workshop commenced. 

The outcome of the workshop was resoundingly positive; one attendee found it “thoroughly enjoyable and very useful” and another said that it was “a great experience and Mr Purbach was fantastic”.

Please watch the video below to find out more about this workshop and why a correct Bone Grafting technique is so important.


Our next course will be on the 14th of November and is open to Surgeons, registrars and surgical assistants. To register you you can go to our booking form page attend an event and fill out the online form. 

For more information about our other upcoming events follow the link to our events page – Joint Operations on tour