5th of September, 2011 Bookmark and Share
One of Europe’s leading specialists in jaw reconstruction, Mr Robert Hensher, has decided to use King Edward VII’s Hospital as his exclusive base for performing the highly complex TMJ replacement operation. This crucial surgery allows for the replacement of the temporo-mandibular (jaw) joint with a man-made implant.

The surgical procedure behind TMJ replacement has been pioneered in the UK by Mr Hensher, who is one of only ten surgeons in the country who can perform this surgery. The operation is used as a treatment for inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis), immobility of the joints and failed TMJ reconstructions that had used body tissue (such as bone, muscle, or cartilage). It can also be used when treating loss of correct jaw position due to bone loss (resorption), trauma, developmental abnormality, or a tumour.

Mr Hensher comments; “I’ve been doing this important procedure for a number of years and have now decided to base myself at one hospital to perform this operation. I looked for a hospital with world class facilities and world class staff, so King Edward VII’s Hospital was an obvious choice. I’m delighted to be working here, and I look forward to carrying out a number of TMJ replacement operations at this prestigious hospital.

TMJ replacement implants have seen huge technological advancement since their first use in the 1960’s. Now at the very forefront of the technology is the TMJ Concepts device, which is used by Mr Hensher at the Hospital. The TMJ Concepts device has been developed and is manufactured in the USA. Each device is a bespoke (custom) joint, which is computer designed and fabricated on a model of the patient's skull.

Mr Hensher comments; “The TMJ Concepts device really is at the forefront of medical technology. I have been particularly impressed with the Hospital’s ability to build up direct links with the manufacturer. We now have regular discussions about patients, equipment and design and development of instruments with TMJ Concepts, which help us all to develop the science.

John Lofthouse, Chief Executive at King Edward VII’s Hospital comments: “I’m delighted that Mr Hensher, a world class surgeon, has chosen to base this operation at King Edward VII’s Hospital. He brings another area of expertise to the hospital, as we continue to look to expand the treatments and procedures we offer our patients.”


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Andrew McLachlan
King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes is an independent, acute private Hospital located in Marylebone, central London. The Hospital delivers the highest standards of private medical care in London, supported by outstanding nurses, first class staff and hand-picked consultants, all of whom are recognised leaders in their fields. In our most recent Patient Satisfaction Survey, the Hospital received 95.7% for overall satisfaction. Full details of the survey can be found at King Edward VII's Hospital for Officers was established in 1899 by two sisters, Agnes and Fanny Keyser, who turned their home at 17 Grosvenor Crescent into a hospital for sick and wounded Officers, returning from the Boer War. King Edward VII became the Hospital's first patron.