Osteoarthritis of the hip is a degenerative condition of the joint which causes progressive loss of articular or joint...
Total Hip Replacement
Evolution of Total Hip Replacement
Total Hip and knee replacement surgeries have been performed for over a century, with continued evolution to the surgical techniques as well as component and manufacturing techonologies . Currently the most common material used for hip replacement implants are various metal alloys that include titanium, cobalt-chrome, as well as high grade plastics known as high molecular weight polyethylene or simply “poly”.
Most systems consist of three parts, the femoral component which replaces the native femoral head and neck, the acetabular component which replaces the acetabulum or “socket” portion of the ball and socket hip joint, and the poly which rests between these two component and acts as the new cartilage or bearing surfaceto allow for fluid motion. Many different companies produce components used in total hip replacement and all of the currently used implants have been extensively studied and approved to be safe for use by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Regardless of the implant chosen by the surgeon, todays implants and materials are at their pinnacle, due to the continued improvements in technology and material properties . The current implants demonstrate improved wear rates, longer survivorship, higher success rates, more anatomic designs, and decreased need for revision surgery due to wear than ever before
If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from pain caused by arthritis or an injury to the hip, and you haven’t experienced adequate relief with conservative treatment options, Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery might be right for you.
In clinical studies, Mako resulted in:
- More accurate placement and alignment of hip implants based on the surgical plan.
- Less likelihood of hip dislocation.
- Reduced blood loss.
- Replication of the feeling of a natural hip.
- Preservation of healthy bone.