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Total Hip Replacement


Total Hip Replacement  

Dr. Gallivan uses the Mako Robot while performing total hip replacements. Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the arthritic head of the femur with a metal stem and the arthritic hip socket with a metal cup and a durable polyethylene plastic. Dr. Gallivan uses a lateral approach. 

Dr. Gallivan prefers to use a spinal anesthetic during surgery rather than putting patients under general anesthesia, because it is safer for the patient.  

When Should I Decide to Have a Total Hip Replacement? 

Dr. Gallivan believes that there are four main reasons individuals elect to proceed with total hip surgery after attempting non-operative treatment. These include:  

  1. The pain has become unbearable and/or is greater than one wants to live with.   
  2. The pain has impacted quality of life and one is no longer able to achieve their personal functional goals.   
  3. One's overall health, cardiovascular fitness, and longevity is compromised due to the inability to exercise due to pain.   
  4. The patient has a progressive deformity that will impact future positive surgical outcomes. 

Please call Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara to discuss the details of a total hip replacement with robotic navigation with board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William Gallivan. 



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