Chris Boone, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon located in Bellevue, WA & Redmond, WA
When advanced osteoarthritis causes relentless hip pain and stiffness that prevents you from enjoying even a short walk, it may be time to consider a hip replacement. Dr. Christopher R. Boone specializes in treating hip osteoarthritis with minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. Dr. Boone produces optimal outcomes using robotic technology that ensures exceptionally precise surgery. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for hip replacement, schedule an appointment online or call the office in Bellevue, Washington.
Hip Replacement Q & A
How is a total hip replacement performed?
When Dr. Boone performs a hip replacement, he mainly uses a minimally invasive anterior approach. Minimally invasive means he uses smaller incisions and muscle-sparing approaches to place your new implant. Dr. Boone does not cut any muscles or tendons but instead works through carefully developed windows to place your new hip.
Using an anterior approach, Dr. Boone places the incision in the front of the hip. This approach allows for a smaller incision, and it spares the muscles. In most cases, he moves the muscles out of the way without cutting them.
When you have a hip replacement, Dr. Boone removes all of the damaged cartilage and bone in the hip socket, removes the ball-shaped bone at the top of your femur (thigh bone), and then reshapes the two bones so they’re ready for the prosthesis.
Your leg receives a prosthesis that’s made of metal and ceramic and is shaped like a ball with a stem, which Dr. Boone inserts into the centre of your thigh bone. Then he replaces the socket with a metal, cup-shaped prosthesis and inserts a plastic or ceramic spacers to replace the cartilage.
What health conditions are treated with a hip replacement?
Most hip replacement surgeries are done to relieve the pain and stiffness of advanced osteoarthritis. As the cartilage in the joint progressively breaks down and your symptoms worsen, the best treatment is often a total hip replacement.
Dr. Boone may recommend a hip replacement following a severe hip fracture or to treat avascular necrosis. Avascular necrosis occurs when the blood supply to your hip bone is reduced, causing the death of the bone tissue and pain.