Hip Surgery in Adelaide

If you’re looking for an Adelaide hip surgeon who specialises in hip replacements and hip arthroscopy’s – then Dr Spriggins is your man!

Tony has over 30 years experience as an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Adelaide, with an emphasis and laser focus on the hip joint.

Hip Surgery Options for Adelaide Patients

The hip is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body. When it’s working properly, it lets you walk, sit, bend, and turn without pain. Unlike the shoulder, the hip sacrifices degree of movement for additional stability. To keep it moving smoothly, a complex network of bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons must all work in harmony.

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint where the head of the femur articulates with the cuplike acetabulum of the pelvic bone. The acetabulum fits tightly around the head of the femur. The ball is normally held in the socket by very powerful ligaments that form a complete sleeve around the joint (the joint capsule). The capsule has a delicate lining (the synovium). The head of the femur is covered with a layer of smooth cartilage which is a fairly soft, white substance. The socket is also lined with cartilage. This cartilage cushions the joint, and allows the bones to move on each other with very little friction.

An x-ray of the hip joint usually shows a “space” between the ball and the socket because the cartilage does not show up on x-rays. In the normal hip this “joint space” is approximately 6 mm wide and fairly even in outline.

Dr Spriggins specialises in these hip surgery treatments:

Normal anatomy of the hip joint

How does the hip joint work? Find out more in this web based movie.

Hip anatomy

Hip Arthritis, Hip Replacement Surgery

Arthritis of the hip joint

The term arthritis literally means inflammation of a joint, but is generally used to describe any condition in which there is damage to the cartilage.

Click here to go to the section on arthritis.

Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a relatively new surgical technique that can be effectively employed to treat a variety of hip conditions.

Find out more about Hip Arthroscopy with the following link

Hip Conditions Hip Arthroscopy
Hip Surgery

Femoro Acetabular Impingement FAI

Femoroacetabular Impingement FAI is a condition resulting from abnormal pressure and friction between the ball and socket of the hip joint resulting in pain and progressive hip dysfunction. This when left untreated leads to the development of secondary osteoarthritis of the hip.

Femoro Acetabular Impingement FAI

Total Hip Replacement (THR)

Total Hip Replacement (THR) procedure replaces all or part of the hip joint with an artificial device (prosthesis) to restore joint movement.

Find out more about Total Hip Replacement (THR) with the following links.

Interactive Movie Text version Patient Info Handout

Hip Resurfacing

Hip Resurfacing or bone conserving procedure replaces the acetabulum (hip socket) and resurfaces the femoral head. This means the femoral head has some or very little bone removed and replaced with the metal component. This spares the femoral canal. Find out more about Hip Resurfacing from the following options.

Find out more about Hip Resurfacing with the following links.

Interactive Movie Text version Patient Info Handout

Revision Hip Replacement

This means that part or all of your previous hip replacement needs to be revised. This operation varies from very minor adjustments to massive operations replacing significant amounts of bone and hence is difficult to describe in full.

Find out more about Revision Hip Replacement with the following links.

Interactive Movie Text version Patient Info Handout
Hip Arthritis, Hip Replacement Surgery Adelaide

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