Naples Hip Surgery
Hip Surgery is commonly performed to alleviate the painful symptoms or repair damage caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or sports injuries and traumatic events that damage the hip. Surgical procedures, including partial hip resurfacing, total hip replacement, and direct anterior approach to hip replacement, are considered options for treating hip pain when noninvasive methods, such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), steroidal injections, or physical therapy have failed to sufficiently alleviate hip joint pain.
Regardless of the treatment solution chosen, Dr. Kurtis Biggs strives for make his patients to feel as comfortable as possible with the chosen recovery option. Read more about hip pain treatment solutions, and schedule an appointment at the Joint Replacement Institute of Naples for a comprehensive consultation with the surgeon.
The newest orthopaedic advancement in hip pain treatment is the development of the direct anterior approach to hip joint replacement. The direct anterior approach (DAA) allows for minimally invasive techniques, significantly improving the rate of recovery, and also affording for many other improvements on traditional hip replacement surgery.
Only certain specialists, including Dr. Biggs of Naples, Florida, are properly trained to perform the direct anterior approach to hip replacement. Read more about the orthopaedic procedure, and schedule an appointment at Dr. Biggs' Naples office to see if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive procedure.
Total Hip Replacement in South Florida
Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure that has been successfully performed in the United States for over fifty years, and is one of the safest surgeries performed today. In a total hip replacement surgery, the surgeon will remove the damaged hip joint and replace it with a new, prosthetic hip implant. Hip implants on average last approximately twenty years, and can improve the patient's quality of life by allowing for a return to previous levels of activity with little pain. The best candidates for hip joint replacement surgery are patients experiencing hip pain who have not responded well to conservative treatment methods, such as physical therapy or pain medications.
Anatomy of the Hip
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, in which the head of the femur (thigh bone) fits snuggly within a socket, known as the acetabulum, located on the pelvis. Securing the hip joint is a network of muscles and ligaments that surround the joint. The strength of the hip joint allows it to hold the majority of a person's upper body weight. Additionally, the ball-and-socket design allows the joint a wide range of motion.
Hip Joint Replacement Procedure
During a total hip replacement surgery, the surgeon will clean the hip socket and remove any pieces of bone or cartilage damaged by arthritis. A plastic cup is placed in the hip socket, now large enough to hold a prosthetic component. The top of the femur is cut and replaced with a metal ball, held in place by a metal stem that runs down the femoral neck. This metal ball acts as the femur's new head, and fits snuggly inside the artificial socket, allowing the joint to function just like a natural hip joint.
Surgical Excellence in Naples, Florida
Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs is a Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who has performed thousands of successful joint replacement procedures, including total hip replacement and partial hip resurfacing surgeries. Dr. Biggs received his education at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, and currently serves as a national instructor for knee and hip joint replacement to surgeons across the country.