Each year, more than 300,000 Americans receive a hip replacement. It’s a major surgery that requires months of physical rehabilitation, and there’s no guarantee the implant will last forever, especially in younger patients. But doctors at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center are giving patients new options that allow them to repair their damaged hip and avoid replacement surgery.

“We want to preserve the native hip whenever possible because once you have a hip replacement, there’s no going back,” said Dr. Kelton Vasileff, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “We’re able to use a bone-hardening procedure that’s traditionally been used in knee surgery to help repair a patient’s own hip joint.”

The procedure is called Subchondroplasty, in which a bone substitute material is injected into the joint, filling any voids or lesions. Dr. Vasileff uses it in conjunction with other treatments to help patients avoid replacement surgery. “In the past, a replacement would be the only long-term option for a lot of patients, but Subchondroplasty allows me to add support to the bone, making more damage-reversing surgeries possible,” he said.

Over the few years following surgery, a patient’s body replaces the bone-hardening material with their own bone, leading to what Dr. Vasileff hopes are permanent repairs. The procedure is also much less invasive than a total hip replacement, allowing patients to get back on their feet sooner.

New European HTN Guidelines Hit Hard With Initial Therapy, Keep ‘High-Normal’ Label

he new European guidelines for diagnosing and managing arterial hypertension maintain the previous classification system based on blood pressure  (BP) levels but recommends a harder-hitting initial treatment approach compared to the previous version, released in 2013. The 2018 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Society of Hypertension (ESH) guidelines document …

Splenic Abscess Treatment & Management

Once the diagnosis of a splenic abscess has been made, the patient must be admitted to the hospital and treated. Treatment depends on the patient’s overall condition, comorbidities, and primary disorder (if any), as well as the size and topography of the abscess. [22] Empiric broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy has a primary …

How to Use Condoms Safely

  If you’re looking for protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) without a prescription, condoms may be a good option to explore. They’re discrete, relatively inexpensive, and don’t involve any synthetic hormones. Condoms are also readily available at your nearest convenience or drug store. What are the safest …

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons