On 1 February 2024, Bays surgeon Dr Andrew Chia demonstrated the minimally invasive anterior hip replacement technique – called Bikini Total Hip Replacement (THR) – for two surgeons visiting from Tominaga Hospital in Osaka, Japan.

Dr Chia travelled to Japan in October 2023, as a guest of Medacta Japan, to help surgeons Dr Aikitomo Inoue and Dr Hirohiko Yasui learn the Bikini THR technique, which is an evolution of the standard anterior THR approach.

In Japan, Dr Inoue and Dr Yasui performed a Bikini approach, with Dr Chia providing technique tips during the surgery. Dr Chia then invited them to visit Australia to further their technique knowledge by observing as he performed a few THR operations at The Bays Hospital.

Dr Chia is one of the most experienced surgeons using the Bikini THR technique in Australia, having performed it for more than 10 years, and uses it for all his THR cases. Dr Chia also presented his Bikini THR technique at the 50th annual meeting of the Japan Hip Society in Fukuoka.

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