Norman gets England cricket call up three years after hip replacement
Three years ago leading amateur cricketer Norman Botton was so crippled by osteoarthritis he could hardly walk. Now, after a hip replacement, he is about to join the England Over 60s cricket team on their Autumn Ashes tour of Australia.
“Being selected for England and this tour really is the icing on my already very big cricket cake,” said 62-year-old Norman from Monkton Combe, Bath. The retired head of history at Monkton Combe School has always been a talented cricketer, playing for Oxford University under the captaincy of legendary Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan and taking to the crease several times for Somerset County Cricket Club’s second team. In more recent years Norman was a regular for the Somerset Over 50s side, but thought his cricketing days were over after developing arthritis in his left hip.
“I thought it was just a bad groin strain at first,” said Norman. “I was on anti-inflammatories and kept trying to play cricket for a while but I had to drop out. It was agony and after about four months I could barely walk. One evening I could not even get up the stairs to go to bed. The pain was so excruciating.”
He was referred to Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Matthew Burwell at the Circle Bath Hospital and in September 2013 had a Furlong Evolution hip replacement implant designed and manufactured by British company JRI Orthopaedics. Within ten months Norman was back playing cricket and last year was a key member of the Somerset
Over 60s side that won the National County Championships for the first time. That form has now earned him an England call-up.
“My earliest cricket memory is when my father took me to the Oval in 1963 to see my hero, Garfield Sobers, and now at the age of 62 I’m playing for England on a Tour of Australia. It is just fantastic. “I’ve had to change the way I bowl because of the new hip but I’m still playing as well if not better than I did before.”
A recent report by the Royal College of Surgeons revealed a staggering 76 per cent rise in the last ten years in people under 60 who have had hip replacement surgery.
Mr Burwell said: “There has definitely been a change in patient expectations. Previously, people would not have been offered a hip replacement until they were in their 70s or 80s and would have been just happy if it took away their pain. “Now the modern hip replacement patient demands a return to day-to-day-function including the ability to participate in a range of sports. And we now have the implants that allow us to meet those expectations.”
JRI Orthopaedics was the first in the world to develop a Hydroxyapatite ceramic coating on hip replacements – a synthetic version of the natural mineral present in bones. By perfecting this coating process, the multi-award winning company developed the Furlong cementless implant that bonds biologically with the patient’s own bone, providing for long-term secure fixation and the possibility of a hip for life.
Mr Botton had a latest generation Furlong Evolution implant, a much shorter stem that is easier for the surgeon to fit and offers more patients the chance to live full and active lives. Mr Burwell added: “The Evolution builds on the reputation of the Furlong, still offering the market leading ceramic coating, but with a much shorter stem which is suitable for many more people, allows an easier surgical technique and preserves more of the hip bone.”
JRI Orthopaedics operates from a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Chapeltown, and has a world-class reputation for the design, development and manufacture of orthopaedic implants and instruments. Uniquely, it is wholly owned by the charity Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK), and has donated £12m over the last 10 years to fund research into bone and joint disease at centres of excellence across the country.
The month-long England Over 60s Tour of Australia starts on November 19 in Sydney and involves a series of 10 games against Over 60s sides and three Test Matches.