A hip implant composed of ceramic is a terrific option for young, active patients who require total joint surgery. Ceramic implants are associated with significantly less wear than other materials – resulting in a durable, long-lasting joint.
The Ideal Choice for Active Patients
Most hip replacements last around 25 years. But for young patients who are extremely active, the artificial joint may deteriorate even faster – especially if it’s composed of metal or plastic. That’s why we tend to guide our active patients toward ceramic hip implants. These prosthetics feature remarkable longevity, resilience, and durability – making them the best choice for patients who hope to get many decades out of their new joint.
The Nano Experience: Better Outcomes. Faster Return.
A full, pain-free return to your active lifestyle isn’t just possible at Nano – it’s routine. Thanks to our unprecedented approach, our patients often:
- Are back on their feet in just 60 minutes
- Return home to begin healing within two hours
- Enjoy full range-of-motion and a durable new joint that lasts
Don’t let pain keep you sidelined for a minute longer. Replace your damaged hip with Nano, and get back in the game faster than ever before.
Why Does Implant Material Matter?
There was a time when all artificial hips were made of a metal ball and a plastic socket. Over time, the metal can wear the plastic down, requiring a revision. Ceramic was introduced as a way to combat that wear-and-tear. It can be used for both the ball and socket, or just the ball. Research has shown that ceramic implants:
- Decrease wear-and-tear on the joint
- Minimize bone and muscle loss
- Lower the risk of dislocation
- Are extremely long-lasting (up to 25 years)
Our Implant Choice: Keramos Hip
At all of our Nano Clinic locations – including Los Angeles, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, and Bakersfield – we use the Keramos Hip Replacement Implant for many of our patients. This device utilizes alumina ceramic, one of the hardest materials on earth, to provide an extremely strong and smooth implant.
Alumina Ceramic is composed of bio-inert material, causing no adverse tissue reactions. Laboratory and clinical testing have shown ceramic-on-alumina produces almost undetectable levels of wear when compared to traditional hip implants. This is important because reduced wear means the implant lasts longer and is sturdier than the alternatives, giving hope to younger and more active patients suffering from osteoarthritis.
What to Expect During Surgery
A ceramic hip replacement takes between one and three hours to complete. To begin, we will make an incision at the front of your hip joint. Through that opening, we will move muscle and other tissue aside to gain access to the joint. We will then remove the ball of your hip joint and any damaged areas of the socket, before attaching the artificial ceramic ball to your thigh bone and socket to your pelvic bone. Once the ceramic implant is in place, we will close the incision and move you to the recovery room.
As with all of our joint replacements, we strive to get you home as soon as possible after surgery. Most of our patients can be driven home by a friend or family member within 24 hours of the procedure.
During the recovery period, a nurse and physical therapist will be made available to monitor your progress and guide you through special exercises that are designed to restore your strength and natural range-of-motion.
Schedule a Consultation Today
To learn more about ceramic total hip replacement – and it may be a solution for you – please contact Nano Clinic today and schedule a consultation.