Revision surgery of hip prosthesis and development of new implants

The Ward “Revision surgery of hip prosthesis and development of new implants” includes 12 beds, in 4 rooms with 3 beds each; all rooms have bathrooms. It shares the cast room with another unit. The outpatient clinic visits on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Surgery is performed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. A specialist from the Unit is on duty from 8 am to 8 pm on workdays and from 8 am to 2 pm on pre-holidays.

Clinical Practice

The Unit focuses mainly on prosthetic hip revisions, due to septic and aseptic loosening. In particular, the most modern prosthetic solutions for revisions are performed using highly compatible and low wear biomaterials. Attention is paid to restoring severe bone loss using biobank bone, growth factors, concentrated autologous stem cells and synthetic bone replacements.

The Unit also focuses on prosthetic knee revisions, again using the most updated reconstruction techniques for bone loss and implants.

Besides revision of implants primary hip and knee prosthetic replacements are of major interest. Hip implants are performed for arthritis but also for more complex diseases (dysplasias, rheumatic and post-traumatic diseases). These prostheses also use highly biocompatible materials and with a low wear rate like ceramics. Mini-invasive surgical techniques are used with a low impact on the soft tissues and bone. Hip resurfacing systems and neck preserving prostheses are also implanted.

Capsular-ligament disorders of the knee and disorders of the foot are also treated.

Day Surgery is prevalently dedicated to arthroscopy.

Research Activity

Research is dedicated to the development and use of innovative prosthetic implants, particularly aimed at complex revisions of hip prostheses with severe bone loss together with the use of growth factors and stem cells, and the study of biomaterials.

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