Exceptional research and trials of new methods of joint replacement are a common practice at PeaceHealth Southwest.  Here are some innovations used today at PeaceHealth Southwest.

MAKO Procedure

If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip, you may be a candidate for MAKO® – a robotic arm assisted procedure designed to relieve pain and restore range of motion. MAKO®  is an innovative treatment option that allows your surgeon to customize the procedure for your unique anatomy and increase accuracy to optimize surgical results.

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Hip resurfacing

An ideal alternative to total joint replacement, hip resurfacing is rising as a top option for relieving joint pain among active baby boomers.

Using smooth metal to cover the hip’s ball and socket, hip resurfacing coats the joint and preserves the bone. This technique provides pain relief for today’s aging but still active 40- and 50-somethings, and it buys some time before traditional joint replacement surgery is needed.

“Hip resurfacing is a great option for preserving quality of life,” explains Dr. Sparling. “It means relief from joint pain now, and the peace of mind of knowing that there is still an opportunity for a total joint replacement in the future.”

Patients have had great success with traditional hip implants, but the surgery requires removal of a significant amount of bone—making it more difficult to receive a second replacement surgery if the original implant wears out, and artificial joints don’t last forever. Hip resurfacing requires only a minimal amount of bone removal, and clinical trials in the United States have shown this alternative to be a great fit for the 55 and younger crowd who need relief to maintain their physically active lifestyles but aren’t ready for a total joint replacement.

Anterior approach

The Anterior Approach for total hip replacement is a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility because the muscle tissues are spared during the surgical procedure. The technique allows the surgeon to work between your muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones - sparing the tissue from trauma.

Keeping the muscles intact may also help to prevent dislocations. With the Anterior Approach, the surgeon uses one small incision on the front (anterior) of your hip as opposed to the side or back. Since the incision is in front, you’ll avoid the pain of sitting on the incision site.