Every year, nearly 200,000 Americans undergo hip replacement surgery, mostly due to arthritis. The vast majority of those surgeries are done with the traditional method, using a posterior or lateral (side) approach to gain access to the hip joint. With the traditional lateral method, the chance of dislocating your new hip is greater than with the minimally invasive anterior approach.
Hip dislocation after hip replacement surgery rarely occurs, but to reduce the risk even further … Read the Rest
Pat from Surface Hippies contacted me. I want to make it clear that I am not a qualified pathologist, nor a medical doctor, I am just a researcher with an interest in hip resurfacing and biomaterial compatibility. I run an independent implant retrieval research laboratory within the J. Vernon Luck Snr MD Orthopaedic Research Center at UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles. As such, I am the fortunate recipient of specimens and information from several orthopaedic … Read the Rest
Can I have a Metal on Metal Hip Device if I am Allergic To Metals?
Skin allergies to metals does not mean you will be allergic to a hip replacement device inside your body at the deep tissue level. This is a question that many people ask. The best way to know if you can have a hip resurfacing when you have skin allergies to metals … Read the Rest
Medical Tests often Used to Determine Hip Problems Before and After a THR
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Although metal allergy with total joint replacement exists, the prevalence of this condition is unknown, according to Joshua J. Jacobs, MD…
…”In patients with metal-on-metal surface replacements, there is a direct correlation between serum metal levels and metal sensitivity determined by [lymphocyte transformation testing] LTT,” Jacobs said. “Current diagnostic methods, both patch testing and in vitro, do require more robust clinical validation, but it can be useful in preop screening … Read the Rest
Do Metal Ions or Debris from a Metal on Metal Hip Device Cause Health Problems?
Metal-metal bearings have advantages for active patients because their wear resistance is much greater than that of polyethylene, they do not fracture and they perform better with larger diameter balls. It has been known for three decades that the serum and urine levels of cobalt and chromium (the main elements in a metal-metal hip bearing) are increased in … Read the Rest
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently approved and released an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infections of the hip and knee. Clinical practice guidelines are one avenue the Academy uses to ensure that patients receive high quality care. A periprosthetic joint infection occurs when bacteria or other foreign organisms enter the wound during or at any point following joint replacement surgery, sometimes even years after surgery. An infection … Read the Rest
Getting into the CarBack up to the front car seat until you feel it on the back of your legs. Slide your operated leg forward, reach back with both hands, and slowly lower yourself into the seat.
Scoot yourself across the car seat, keeping your operated leg straight. Slowly turn your body so you are facing forward.It may be more comfortable to ride in the back seat if you have a four-door car.