Hip pain is commonly caused by wear and tear within the joint, and can stop you from going on walks, doing exercise and sports, or even getting a good night's rest.

When the pain is affecting your quality of life, a hip replacement is something to consider as it's one of the most reliable operations we can do.

Dr Navi Bali - orthopaedic surgeon in Hervey Bay with the  MAKO system for robotic surgery

Total Hip Replacements are one of the most successful orthopaedic surgical operations.

Hip replacements are a great operation to help with arthritic joint pain thats affecting your daily activities. We do have non operative methods that can help in the early stages, but once established arthritis sets in, a joint replacement is a very reproducible procedure.

When it comes to how we approach the hip, this has been the subject of much debate over the last few years, with people discussing posterior, lateral, and direct anterior. The consensus is that there are pros and cons to each approach, but a hip replacement done well is the most likely thing to give the best result, and the approach has little effect on the long term outcome. Dr Bali has had specialist training in the direct superior approach, which is a muscle sparing less invasive incision, with the aims of a smaller scar, less pain, and a quicker recovery.

Positioning of the implants is crucial to make sure the hip is stable and doesn’t dislocate out of the socket, and to ensure the final leg lengths are equal. To ensure this we use modern technology with the Mako robot. Prior to surgery we get a CT scan to ensure we have a virtual 3 Dimensional of your personal hip joint, then we plan positioning of the implants looking at how flexible your spine is and seeing how the pelvis tilts and the implants move in virtual positioning software. During surgery we make sure that only the essential bone is removed and the implants are positioned very accurately with robotic guidance. The potential advantages are a reduced chance of postoperative dislocation, and a lower incidence of leg length inequality. There is also evidence suggesting reduced pain in the early postoperative period.

After surgery we would expect you to be in hospital 2-3 days, walking with crutches until weeks 2-3, a single stick for support until week 6, then walking without aids. Most of the discomfort and swelling will have resolved by week 4, but wont completely settle until 3-4 months.

We have much more information to give you about robotic joint replacements!

If you wish to discuss this further please call the reception team on 07 4128 0736 and they’ll be happy to help.

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