Total Hip Replacement
Overview
Total Hip Replacement

    Total hip replacement is considered when arthritis is in its advanced stages.  This will manifest itself as persistent pain, limited function or significant bone loss.  Surgery is reserved for those conditions that no longer respond to conservative care.

    There are many surgical options.  You will read about different materials, surgical approaches and techniques.  Dr. Gilbert prefers a minimally invasive posterior approach when possible.  He uses primarily  titanium and cobalt chrome implants with highly cross linked, high molecular weight, polyethylene plastic inserts as these are the gold standard in the industry.  Proven track record and excellent longevity make these products ideal for the vast majority of patients.  Individual needs are respected and accommodated.

    Dr. Gilbert also uses computer navigation to facilitate accurate placement of components.  This is proven to increase early recovery, longevity of the implants and accurate leg length.

    The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons web site, www.aaos.org, has excellent information resources under Patient Information and the Education Library.