The hip is one of the body's largest joints, and carries the bulk of the body's weight during everyday movements. Because of its weight-bearing nature, the hip joint is prone to natural degeneration that can ultimately lead to osteoarthritis of the hip. Treatment options for hip arthritis vary; however, conservative or minimally invasive solutions are preferred to open surgical methods.
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, comprised of the femur, or thighbone, and the acetabulum, a socket located inside the pelvis. The head of the femur fits snugly within the acetabulum to form the acetabulofemoral joint, more commonly known as the hip joint. The femoral head is able to rotate freely within the acetabulum, giving the hip joint extensive mobility and articulation.
The hip joint receives support and stability from ligaments connecting the femoral head to the acetabulum. Bone surfaces are covered with cartilage that allows the joint to glide and move easily. Providing additional comfort and lubrication to the hip joint is a thin tissue called the synovial membrane. The synovial membrane covers the hip joint and produces a small amount of fluid that lubricates the joint and allows for friction-free articulation.
Depending on the condition and its severity, patients have a number of minimally invasive treatment options available. Direct anterior approach, a type of minimally invasive total hip replacement procedure, can benefit certain patients with potential benefits including minimized scarring, less blood loss during surgery, and a significantly shortened post-operative recovery time. Partial hip resurfacing is another solution that spares as much of the natural hip bone as possible, allowing for a hip joint replacement that feels more like the natural joint.
Depending on the patient's particular case and condition, Dr. Biggs will recommend a treatment option that will effectively alleviate pain and restore function and mobility.
Direct anterior approach to hip replacement is a recent advancement in minimally invasive hip surgery. Direct anterior hip replacement allows a hip surgeon to replace the hip joint through an incision significantly smaller than traditional total hip replacement, and leaves the muscles and tendons connecting to the joint in tact. Dr. Biggs is known as one of Naples' foremost experts in direct anterior approach to hip replacement, and utilizes the Hana® table for precise positioning of the hip's ball and socket for the best fitting implant.
Partial hip resurfacing is a procedure that involves the removal of diseased bone surfaces and applying metal components to the ball and socket. The femoral head is shaved to remove diseased portions of bone from the surface, and fitted with a smooth metal cap. The socket is also resurfaced to remove diseased bone, and fitted with a metal cup to fit the new femoral head. The end result is a metal-on-metal hip joint that leaves much of the original bone intact, giving the patient a more natural feeling hip joint in comparison to total hip replacement.
Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs is one of South Florida's leading surgeons, and emphasizes treatment through minimally invasive solutions whenever possible. Fellowship-trained in Joint Replacement at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dr. Biggs practices in Southwest Florida and serves as a national instructor for hip replacement surgery, including hip resurfacing.
At the Joint Replacement Institute, Dr. Biggs aims to bring his experience of thousands of successful joint replacements to the Naples, FL region. He is proud to present his unique style of practice, providing personalized orthopedic care combined with state-of-the-art surgical techniques for safe and effective outcomes.