Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery in Seattle, WA
Dr. Pritchett specializes in the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques to both relieve pain symptoms and restore joint functionality. One of the largest weight bearing joints in the body, the hip is a ball-and-socket joint formed by the ball of the thighbone and the socket of the pelvis (acetabulum).
Hip pain is most often the result of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and the leading cause of hip pain in patients over the age of 50. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which can affect patients of all ages, but is most commonly found in women between the ages of 40 and 60.
As either form of arthritis progresses, the cartilage surrounding the bones of the joint will inflame, often resulting in cartilage deterioration. The bones of the joint then begin to rub against one another during movement, causing severe pain and damage to the bone surfaces.
Computer-assisted surgery, also known as CAS, is a technique Dr. Pritchett will often use during hip resurfacing and replacement procedures, which require a high degree of precision and accuracy because of the multiple joint components requiring repair. Computer-assisted surgery involves the use of special tracking devices to map the joint interior and a computer screen, located in the operating room, which displays an interactive model of the patient’s hip joint for Dr. Pritchett.
Patients suffering from advanced osteoarthritis, who are under the age of 65, and have good bone quality, will often benefit from hip resurfacing. Hip resurfacing is a surgical procedure, in which the damaged or diseased areas of the hip bones are reshaped. The bone ends are then covered with a metal cap, and a plastic component is placed in between, to replicate the natural pain free movement of the joint.
Anterior Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement is often recommended for patients who are unable to complete simple tasks, such as walking, because of severe hip pain. Patients over the age of 65 or who have poor bone quality will often receive the greatest results for hip replacement surgery. Anterior approach hip replacement uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to remove and replace the damaged joint with an artificial implant.
Unlike the traditional open surgery, in which an 8–12 inch long incision is used to perform the procedure, the anterior approach only requires a smaller incision. Anterior approaches to hip replacement allow complete freedom of activity from the very start following surgery.
Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery in Seattle and Kirkland, WA
James W. Pritchett, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the use of minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of arthritis of the hip. Dr. Pritchett provides the custom treatment plans utilizing the most advanced surgical techniques to patients in the Seattle, Washington area. To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive hip surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pritchett at one of his offices.
Last Modified: July 30, 2014