Total hip replacement surgery is a miracle of modern medicine that is used to significantly reduce or eliminate pain and regain function that has been lost due to hip arthritis. Throughout history people with orthopedic ailments have been considered “crippled” due to the lack of understanding of the human musculoskeletal system and the limits on sufficient therapies for bone and joint diseases. Prior to the 1960’s there was no good treatment for advanced hip arthritis other than use of a cane or walker, leading to eventually being confined to a wheelchair or bed. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.
In the 1960’s Sir John Charnley, a British physician, brought hope to thousands suffering from hip arthritis when he developed the concept of a low friction joint replacement; these ideas are still in use today. Through technology advancement over the past several decades we are now able to use robotic technology, such as Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System, to allow for better patient outcomes and faster recovery times. Among many other benefits, the Mako System allows your surgeon to make smaller incisions and preserve bone. The Mako system along with using a 3D CT image also allows for more accurate planning before surgery and allows your surgeon to better recreate your natural anatomy giving you the best possible outcome.
Total hip replacement is one of the most successful surgeries in modern medicine. At Cullman Regional’s Center of Excellence Orthopedics and Spine, we utilize this new technology to provide you with the highest standard of care. Almost immediately the pain associated with arthritis can be nearly eliminated and with the help of physical therapists you can have improved ability to walk, climb stairs, play with your grandchildren, attend church services, play golf, and garden again. This surgery has done wonders for those who have had it and can give you a new outlook and lease on your life. Learn more about the Center of Excellence Orthopedics and Spine here.
Written by: Vincent Bergquist, MD and Brent Mortensen, CRNP
Cullman Regional Medical Group – Orthopedics and Sports Medicine