Key Concepts for Your Joint Replacement
There are certain health procedures that you can have done which put your joint replacement at risk for an infection, which is devastating. How does this happen? It comes down to something called "bacteremia", which, simply stated, is when a large influx of bacteria gain access into the blood stream.
Hip resurfacing (HR) has been marketed over the years as a "less invasive", "tissue sparing" option over total hip arthroplasty (THA). To be completely accurate, the surgical approach has to be done the same way that a THA is done, therefore, it is not any "less invasive" than a THA. A HR can also be done through a direct anterior approach, just as a THA. Secondly, when proponents of HR explain that there is less bone removed it is from the femoral side. However, since the HR is limited to a Metal-on-Metal bearing surface, more bone has to be removed from the acetabular side to accommodate the much larger femoral head. To me, this is "robbing Peter, to pay Paul", so to speak.
Over the past few years, there has been an over-abundance of media coverage (largely negative) about recent recalls to specific joint replacement implants, namely one specific device that is a MoM total hip replacement system. Please know that, as your doctor, I do not endorse, nor will I ever recommend this implant system for you. Please review the
One of the most common questions that patients have, but unfortunately only a few ever ask me, is: "when can I safely have sex after my hip replacement"?
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