The RNOH Implant Science Centre

Research at the RNOH Implant Science Centre joins up clinical and engineering expertise to better understand the surgeon, implant and patient factors involved in early implant failures.

Our research helps understand how implants can function as well and as long as possible and make the most of the annual spend of £1Bn to the NHS for hip and knee replacement; £300M to the NHS on spine implant surgery, and $20Bn hip, knee and spine implant worldwide market.

Implant science research helps minimise the healthcare, patient and societal costs of redo/revision implant surgery which can cost over £10K per case (15K cases done each year in the UK) and sometimes reaches over £100K when high dependency care and 3D customised implants are used.

Our research impacts surgeons, patients, manufacturers, registries & regulators.


Since March 2019, we've presented 23 podium talks at 6 international conferences, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK). 

Our research on the ATTUNE knee (used in over 600,000 patients worldwide) has become the most downloaded paper from the Journal of Bone and Joint Research (BJR). Our presentations on this won the first prizes at this years AAOS and BASK meetings.