Dr. Stephan Vehmeijer

Stephan Vehmeijer was born on July 16, 1969 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In 1987 he started his studies at the Leiden University Medical Center. After obtaining his medical degree in, he worked at the BIS Foundation where he coordinated the activities of the Netherlands Bone bank Foundation (NBF). In 1997 he was appointed head of medical affairs and quality assurance manager. 1998 saw him start a residency in orthopaedics at the Department of General Surgery of the Medical Center Haaglanden in The Hague. He continued his residency in 2001 at the Department of Orthopaedics at the Leiden University Medical Center.

In 2005 Stephan Vehmeijer became a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis in Delft, The Netherlands. Here his main fields of interest lie in hip surgery, hip arthroplasty, hip revision surgery and Rapid Recovery. The Reinier de Graaf is a visiting center for the Anterior Supine Intermuscular (ASI) hip approach and for Rapid Recovery. Outpatient THA’s are performed routinely since April 2014. His research focus lies on fast track recovery and the anterior hip approach.

Stephan is married, has three daughters and lives in Aerdenhout, The Netherlands.

1. What is your day-to-day work like? How do you help improve or save people's lives through your work? I’m an orthopaedic surgeon working at Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft; I’ve been working here since 2005. A large teaching hospital, I specialise in hip surgery, hip arthroplasty and hip revision. I also work in traumatology. I perform around 300 hip replacements a year. The majority of my patients are elderly although I still perform surgeries on the relatively young, patients who suffer from severe arthritis at a young or have congenital deformities in the hip. My job is very rewarding. Patients come in to the hospital with significant hip pain and have a limited range of motion or sometimes are even completely immobile. Hip replacement surgery transforms their health and quality-of-life and to see this transformation is really satisfying. 2. What do you think are the key challenges facing the healthcare system and your profession in particular? For healthcare, it’s without doubt the growing healthcare costs. Fortunately in the Netherlands, we somehow have been able to reduce costs and the healthcare budget has more or less stabilised, bucking the trend compared to other EU Member States. Tremendous efforts and cost-cutting measures have been put in place in order to reduce the budget; however, such cost reduction has made it difficult to innovate and bring new techniques to improve patient treatment, care and outcomes. As an orthopaedic surgeon, one of the major challenges is to enhance our patient focus and improve healthcare to be more patient-centred in its approach. We’ve come a long way but there’s still a lot to do. More connectedness in healthcare such as high-quality apps are a great way of being more patient-focused but we can improve further. As an orthopaedic surgeon, one of the major...