Hip replacement is a commonly performed procedure for the treatment of arthritic conditions of the hip joint. In the Adelaide Orthopaedic community, hip replacements are viewed as a highly successful operation. The goal of the procedure is to relieve pain, restore patients function and to maximize the longevity of the implant. Many factors affect the longevity of a total hip replacement including patient characteristics, implant design and the accuracy of the placement of the implants.
Position of the acetabular component, or socket, has a very integral role in the performance of a patients hip replacement. It plays a vital role in the stability of the hip joint and thus protection against the risk of dislocation. Multiple studies have also demonstrated that accurate positioning of the acetabular component leads to lower rates of wear in the surfaces of the hip replacement and thus improved durability.
As we all know no two patients are the same and the ideal position of the acetabular component can also be different between patients. New techniques mean we can use pre-operative imaging to identify the best position for the acetabular component individualised for each patient and then combined with the use of patient specific three dimensional moulds, accurate positioning can be reproduced in the operating room.
For more information, please call to make and appointment with Dr Justin Munt 7325 4840.
Dr Munt consults at Burnside Specialist centre, Modbury Hospital, Royal Adelaide Hospital and operates at Burnside Hospital, Wakefield Hospital, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Modbury Hospital.