The pain and stiffness of hip osteoarthritis gradually worsen, finally reaching a stage where you need surgical intervention in order to keep up with your activities. In the past, you only had one choice: a total hip replacement. Now you have another option. Dr. Christopher R. Boone specializes in performing hip resurfacing, an alternative that places no limitations on your activity level. To learn more about hip resurfacing, schedule an appointment online or call the office in Bellevue, Washington.
Your hip is a ball and socket joint in which the hip bone forms the socket, or acetabulum, and the rounded top of your thigh bone (femur) is the ball that fits into the socket. The acetabulum is lined with cartilage to ensure smooth movement within the joint.
When you develop osteoarthritis, the cartilage begins to wear away. As you continue to use your hip, the cartilage progressively degenerates, causing hip pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving.
When young patients develop significant cartilage damage and pain due to osteoarthritis, Dr. Boone may recommend hip resurfacing as an alternative to a total hip replacement.
During a total hip replacement, the rounded top of the femur is removed and replaced with a prosthetic piece. By comparison, resurfacing preserves most of the bone, as Dr. Boone sculpts it to fit the new metal cap.
Preserving the leg bone means that a larger ball can be used during hip resurfacing. This gives you greater hip stability and a low risk of dislocation. This also allows younger patients to preserve as much bone as possible.
As a result, hip resurfacing lets you return to high activity levels with no restrictions on your movement. That’s why hip resurfacing is especially beneficial for young patients with hip arthritis.
Dr. Boone removes the damaged cartilage in the socket and replaces it with a metal, cup-shaped liner. The next step is to reshape the rounded top of the femur. Then Dr. Boone cements a rounded, metal cap over the femur. The metal cap fits into the new liner, producing a pain-free, fully-functioning hip.
Dr. Boone is an expert in robot-assisted hip resurfacing. He uses an innovative device called the Smith & Nephew NAVIO™ Surgical System or the OrthoAlign® system. Dr. Boone fully controls the handheld device, while its advanced technology allows him to perform more precise surgery and allows him to place the components in the perfect position to match each patient's specific anatomy.
Dr. Boone first uses the system’s built-in imaging to create a 3D model of your hip joint. This customized image guides your procedure, ensuring that all the damaged cartilage is removed while leaving as much healthy bone as possible. Then he uses the device to perform the resurfacing, using its real-time feedback to prevent deviations from your personalized plan.
To learn whether you might be a good candidate for hip resurfacing, call Dr. Christopher R. Boone or book an appointment online.