Stephen Raterman, MD offers the latest advancements in hip replacement surgery to his patients at Florida Medical Clinic. One such advancement is the OPS (optimized positioning system) by Corin, an innovative new procedure that is revolutionizing the way surgeons install hip prostheses. A true pioneer in the field of joint replacement, Dr. Raterman is among the first surgeons in the country to utilize this technology.

Essentially, the hip joint has two components – the “ball,” or the head of the femur bone, and the “socket,” or the acetabulum, where the femoral head rests. The same is true for hip implants, which replace the natural ball and socket when they are damaged by injury or disease. Every person moves differently, and factors like height, weight, activity levels, and overall health can influence the ideal placement of hip prostheses in each patient. Determining the ideal positioning of the socket component in hip replacement surgery is particularly key to achieving optimal results – if the socket component is not oriented in a way that is appropriate for the patient, complications like implant loosening, dislocation, and impingement can occur.

Hip replacement surgery with the OPS system begins with a comprehensive pre-operative evaluation to see how the patient’s femur, spine, and pelvis work together, along with medical imaging to gather detailed information about the patient’s unique anatomy. From there, special software is used to provide a detailed patient report to Dr. Raterman, who will utilize a simple laser-guided system during surgery to achieve optimal socket (or “cup”) orientation and the best possible results.

If you suffer from chronic hip pain and conservative treatments have failed to improve your condition, we at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine understand that you don’t care much about fancy medical jargon – you just want to feel better. We encourage you to contact us if you would like to consult with Dr. Raterman, who will be able to evaluate your joint health and suggest a treatment plan that’s right for you. In addition to hip replacement surgery, Dr. Raterman offers advanced hip resurfacing procedures and minimally invasive arthroscopic solutions to hip pain.

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