Custom hip replacement encompasses the use of 3D planning software with the ability to make a custom made femoral prosthesis if needed. They are performed when it is not possible or advisable to use the standard hip implants to replace your joint. A custom made hip may produce better results because it will be a perfect match thus restoring normal anatomy.
Standard implants will often be the best choice when you are having hip replacement surgery, but in some cases your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend a custom made one instead. You might need a custom hip implant if there is anything unusual about your anatomy, such as a bone deformity from previous surgery. Individual differences in the size, shape and angle of the hips can also make it difficult to fit a standard implant into your joint. A poorly fitting implant could cause problems such as limping, back pain, or a change in leg length.
Prior to surgery CT scans of the joint will be taken and a 3D planning software (HipPlan) used to accurately assess and plan the hip replacement. It allows the surgeon to restore leg length and femoral offset ensuring optimum muscle function and joint stability. If required it also enables a custom femoral stem to be manufactured. This will be a one-off implant designed to be a perfect match for you.
Custom hip replacement can be a better option than a standard implant for some patients. If your doctor recommends this option, you should understand the following risks and benefits:
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