Custom made prosthesis is used for complex pathology


Traditional hip replacement prostheses only allow a fairly narrow range of shapes and sizes. Even small changes in hip geometry can have large effects on the function of the hip joint
New types of hip replacement are now available that allow a far wider range of sizes and lengths. New pre-operative 3-D imaging software can allow precise pre-operative planning of size, shape, angle and length.

For patients whose hips fall too far outside the normal range or who have severe deformity, new custom made prostheses, designed specifically for the individual patient, can now match precisely the required geometries. We use a local prosthesis designer and manufacturer in Cape Town, Professor George Vicatos to assist us with the procedure.



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