Opting for hip surgery is a significant step towards recovering from arthritis and other joint-related conditions, allowing individuals to return to their daily lives pain-free. Thus, selecting a center that aligns with personal needs becomes essential.
Dr. Vanni Strigelli specializes in hip surgery, employing modern surgical techniques that preserve tissues and bones. The use of biocompatible materials, such as titanium alloys and ceramics, ensures reduced material wear and increased longevity of the prosthetic.
Hip surgery contributes to overall well-being, enhancing the patient’s quality of life post-operation and enabling them to regain activities lost due to illnesses, such as the joy of taking a walk or engaging in sports.
When is Hip Surgery Indicated?
The hip, connecting the upper body to the lower limbs, is the largest joint in the human body. Various pathologies may necessitate hip surgery, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Fracture of the femoral neck
These conditions, excluding the last two, commonly involve cartilage damage followed by inflammation and pain. Pain is typically localized in the groin, sometimes on the side or buttock, worsening with prolonged joint use.
The ultimate goal of prosthetic surgery is to insert a “new joint” that replaces the damaged bone or cartilage.
Structure of a Hip Prosthesis
A standard hip prosthesis consists of three elements:
Ceramic head: Placed on a metal stem replacing the damaged head and neck of the femur. Stems are typically made of titanium coated with special materials that seamlessly integrate with the bone.
Cup (or metal cup or acetabulum): Replaces the worn cartilage in the pelvis, usually made of a titanium alloy with a three-dimensional conformation mimicking bone.
Polyethylene (or ceramic) insert: The sliding surface inserted between the head and cup.
The prosthesis can be cemented or uncemented. The former is suitable for patients with osteoporosis, older patients, or specific anatomical conformations. The latter is recommended for younger patients or those with good bone quality and regular anatomical conformation.
Where to Undergo Hip Surgery?
The first step is a thorough evaluation by an orthopedic specialist, which can be done privately, through health insurance, or via the national health system (S.S.N.).
In Tuscany, you can turn to Dr. Vanni Strigelli, who consults at various facilities in Florence and Pontassieve and conducts surgical procedures at Valdisieve Hospital, both privately and through the S.S.N.
Benefits of Choosing a Specialized Center
Dr. Vanni Strigelli specializes in patient-centric surgery, ensuring:
Personalized Pathway: Evaluation of the best surgical solution for both younger patients with higher functional demands and older individuals wishing to maintain activity standards for an active and independent life. Selection of the most suitable prosthetic model based on morphology and bone quality.
Postoperative Pain Treatment: Optimization of patient preparation pre-surgery, with personalized approaches and anesthesiological and pharmacological techniques for postoperative pain treatment. This allows patient mobilization on the day of surgery and return home in 2 or 3 days.
Rehabilitation: Patients have the option to continue recovery in a rehabilitation setting, with physiotherapist assistance, either at home or through the MyMobility application, fostering an increasingly connected patient-specialist reality.
Rapid Recovery: A protocol enabling immediate walking and stair climbing, swift joint movement recovery, and accelerated, less painful rehabilitation.
Multidisciplinary Strategies to Reduce Bleeding: Techniques preventing blood transfusions under standard conditions.
Bilateral Hip Prosthesis Surgery: In cases of bilateral hip arthritis, minimally invasive surgery allows the implantation of bilateral hip prostheses simultaneously with a single intervention, reducing operation and recovery times, complications, stress, and enabling precise planning of leg lengths, sparing the patient potential postural imbalances.
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