|Will you perform my hip resurfacing personally or have an assistant do the surgery?|
|How many resurfacings have you done? (not observed or assisted with or including hemi-resurfacings)|
|Where did you train?|
|How many complications have you had?|
|How many resurfacing failures with revision to THR have you had?|
|How many loose acetabular cups have you had? Did they require a second surgery to repair or a revision to|
What Equipment Will I Need At Home After Surgery?
Everyone has slightly different needs. There are some basic items almost everyone needs and then there are things that some people want and others just don’t need.
Crutches – Normally crutches are supplied by the hospital. I used elbow crutches and they are much easier to use than normal under the arm crutches. Overseas hospitals use elbow crutches while US hospital still normally use old fashioned under the arm crutches. If you have to be on crutches for a long time, I would suggest getting a pair of elbow crutches or at least a pair of the more modern underarm crutches available from many internet shopping stores.
Walker – some people that have bi-lateral surgery or special hip problems are required to use a walker. Whether you use crutches or a walker is up to your orthopedic surgeon.
Cortisone Injections Into Joints Can Help or Harm
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Doctors often inject cortisone-type medications into painful
damaged joints and tendons. Single injections can relieve pain
and swelling and appear to be safe, but repeated injections can
damage joints and delay healing.
Scientists in Greece injected cortisone-type drugs repeatedly
into the joints of rabbits and showed that they damage
cartilage. A paper in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
shows that the injecting cortisone-type medications repeatedly
into injured tendons and ligaments, delays healing and weakens
In light of these findings, you would think that doctors would
stop injecting joints and tendons. However, people can be
crippled by arthritis and a single injection into a damaged knee
joint can allow an arthritic to walk without pain. The same
principle applies to athletes and exercisers, who can develop
pain in their tendons, muscles, fascia and ligaments from
injuries. … Read the rest
Selection of a surgeon is a personal choice. It is a choice that makes you feel confident that your surgery will go well, that your surgeon has a good bedside manner and you can ask questions anytime you need answers.
When buying real estate the old saying about what is important is “Location, Location and Location.” In many people’s minds the most important factor in choosing a surgeon for hip resurfacing is “Experience, Experience and Experience.” I realize that every hip resurfacing surgeon has to start somewhere to do his first operation, but I feel, in layman’s terms, that hip resurfacing is as much of an art as it is a learned skill. The angle of the cup in the acetabulum is very important, the proper amount of inpact to place the stem is important, shaping the femur bone for the cap is important, how the surgeon approaches the hip … Read the rest