Age-related wear of cartilage surfaces, joint rheumatism, perfusion disorders, or a hip injury can lead to painful osteoarthritis of the hip. The distance the individual is able to walk becomes shorter and shorter and the pain causes him or her to lose sleep.
In cases where the patient’s quality of life is considerably reduced due to pain, a hip prosthesis may be considered after thorough consultation.
Because hip implants should be able to function perfectly for up to two decades, special emphasis is placed on the choice of implant. Excellent success is being achieved with proven hip endoprostheses, which have been shown to have a durability of up to 15-20 years. Depending on the quality of bone, cemented or cementless implants are used.
In the event parts of the prosthesis become loose over time or if the sliding surfaces of the prosthesis become worn, the corresponding parts can be replaced. Cementless implants are predominantly used in the case of socket replacements. Femoral shaft replacements involve long shaft implants and, in the case of extensive defects, a prosthetic system specially tailored to the patient is used.
The success of a hip replacement operation always depends on the experience of the surgeon. With around 200 hip replacement operations per year and 40 surgeries involving replacement of an artificial joint, Dr Stefan Radke has amassed a rich trove of experience.