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Hip Replacement Advise

In May of 2021, I had a replacement of the right hip joint. Basically, the joint wore out after many years of running, biking and hiking. I did extensive research before having the surgery. Below are a number of resources that you might find useful if you are considering this surgery.

One of approaches I investigate is the use of robotic surgery. I was fine with the robotic part. However, use of the robot requires a full pelvic CAT scan. A pelvic CAT scan exposes the body to a significant amount of x-ray radiation. The CAT scan would be the equivalent of 100 chest x-rays (see American Cancer Society article). Therefore, in your lifetime it is advisable to limit CT scans only when absolutely necessary.

I decided not to do the robotic surgery. My doctor was fine with this, as a good orthopedist surgeon would know be able to do the replacement without the robotic.

Comparison of conventional vs Robotic
Journal of Health and Sciences 2018

Computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery and robotic surgery in total hip arthroplastyNational Library of Medicine

A review of the evolution of robotic-assisted total hip arthroplasty
National Library of Medicine

Robotic-assisted compared with conventional total hip arthroplasty: systematic review and meta-analysis Postgraduate Medical Journal – Vol 94. Issue 1112

Adult Reconstruction PreOp informationUniversity of Colorado – Anschutz

Radiation DoseRadiological Society of North America

Radiation Doses – National Library of Medicine, Radiation Doses in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

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