By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: February 2009
Dr. Yogesh Mittal of The Orthopaedic Center performs hip resurfacing surgery as an alternative to total hip replacement for younger, more active patients.
With over 43 million Americans suffering from arthritis, total hip replacement surgery is not an uncommon procedure. Now there is an alternative to total hip replacement surgery. According to Yogesh Mittal, M.D., of The Orthopaedic Center, the Cormet Hip Resurfacing System allows patients to resume many of the activities they enjoyed pre-operatively, while conserving more of their natural bone and helping minimize their risk of dislocation. Dr. Mittal offers patients this new technology, an alternative to total hip replacement for younger patients. “Hip resurfacing offers the right patient a more conservative bone preserving procedure than traditional hip replacement,” said Dr. Mittal. “The anatomic nature of these devices helps enable younger, more active patients to get back to the activities that are important to them.”
According to information provided by Stryker, a leader in medical technology, the Cormet Hip Resurfacing System provides patients with two important benefits. First, they have more of their natural bone preserved. In this innovative process, the end of the thigh bone, or femur, is capped with a strong metal covering – much like the capping of a tooth. Because the femoral head is simply reshaped and resurfaced rather than removed, the procedure is bone conserving. Second, the large diameter femoral head may reduce the risk of dislocation, and often provides a more natural performance than traditional total hip arthroplasty. To learn more, go online to www.stryker.com.
Interest in hip resurfacing procedures is on the rise globally due to the probable bone conserving nature of the procedure and anticipated potential benefits related to post-operative activities and range of motion. During the surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon replaces the hip socket in much the same way as a conventional total hip, but the femoral head is resurfaced rather than removed. Hip resurfacing is viewed by many surgeons as an alternative to traditional total hip replacement to help patients return to their active lifestyles. “Hip resurfacing is most appropriate for young, active patients with good bone quality, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis,” said Dr. Mittal.
Should the implant need replacing at some time in the future, a conventional total hip replacement can typically be used. “For the vast majority of patients, joint replacement is extremely successful in providing relief from pain and improved mobility for many years,” said Dr. Mittal.
The usual risk associated with joint replacement applies to this technology, and there is a low risk of major complications due to infection or early loosening.
Dr. Mittal is board certified and fellowship trained in adult hip and knee reconstruction and orthopaedic surgery. Call The Orthopaedic Center at (918) 582-6800 to schedule your consultation with him regarding hip resurfacing.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.