Dr. Su – How long do you feel it takes for the bone to be fully healed, grow into the prosthesis? Dr. Su: “For the socket, I believe it takes 3 to 6 months before the bone is fully grown onto the implant. I believe the femoral bone is something that continually remodels, since it is alive. I believe that it is weaker initially after surgery, but strengthens with gradual activity, to the point that it is probably strong enough for impact activity at 6 months.”
What Approach and Hip Resurfacing Device Does Dr. Mont Use? Mont uses a minimally invasive procedure with the anterolateral approach; usually he implants the Conserve+ hip, however, he also uses the Birmingham hip. He makes his cut between the tensor fascia lata, the gluteus maximus and the gluteus medius.He totally excises the capsule and dislocates and externally rotates the hip to obtain adequate exposure of the acetabulum. He reams the acetabulum and implants the cup by press fit. Then he reams, cuts, drills the femur and cements the femoral component in place. Mont uses the anterolateral approach, because of the improved conservation of blood supply to the femoral head, and he removes the capsule totally, because it regenerates fast and more evenly. My scar looks pretty good (it is almost pretty) and is 2.9 inches long. Even though Michael says that he routinely makes these small incisions, his staff says that a more normal size of his routine incisions is 4 to 6 inches. I happen to be small. Also I did confirm that I am the 1320th metal on metal resurfacing and that he is over 1400 by now.
Maria Maccecchini November 01, 2007