This is a topic of much debate right now among surgeons. Probably the best answer is this: There is no perfect bearing surface. That is why there are so many options currently available. I try to carefully select a bearing surface that best utilizes the potential benefits against the potential shortcomings. Here are some common […]
You said that your anesthesia protocol involved “local & regional anesthesia”. Is this the same as the “twilight-sleep” I got during my colonoscopy?
You will be completely asleep, and you will have no knowledge or recollection of the surgery. This is far more sedation than your described colonoscopy, but not so much that you would require a machine to “breath” for you.
Q: I had a right hip fracture repaired with screws and then the screws started coming out and would catch the tendon on the side of my leg, so the surgeon removed them. When I was finally released by the surgeon, I was told I had arthritis in that hip and I should consider a […]
What do you think about doing simultaneous bilateral Total Hip Replacement (THR) vs. 2-stage bilateral THR? Would I need a urinary catheter for one THR or simultaneous THR?
I prefer to do bilateral (both) hips as a staged procedure, one THR then the other 6 wks later. I have on occasion done simultaneous bilateral THRs, but only on my healthiest patients, since it can be more dangerous in terms of blood clot, blood loss & cardiac risk. I almost never use a catheter, […]
For an elderly patient with known heart blockage, is a stress-test necessary for a micro-invasive hip replacement (SuperPATH)?
The decision to have a stress test is left to the discretion of your cardiologist. Like any procedure, a thorough pre-operative workup is required for your safety. This includes general medical clearance, as well as any specialty clearance that is deemed necessary (depending on any pre-existing conditions). This would likely involve some sort of cardiac […]