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Village Rotary hears talk on orthopedic advances

FALLBROOK – Last week, Dr. Igor Jercinovich, a local orthopedist, brought Fallbrook Village Rotary members up to date on the advances in hip and knee replacements. He said that medical technology has taken great strides since the replacements came on the market and he showed them the three types of artificial hip replacement devices.

The artificial devices used are metal on polyethylene, ceramic on ceramic, and one made of cobalt chrome and titanium. In 2002, a great breakthrough was made in the hip surgery replacement field. Cobalt steel and a cobalt socket were manufactured with a wider head. The wider head has virtually stopped one of the major problems of hip replacement surgery, dislocation, and it wears longer than the older replacements.

The hip surgery replacement has advanced from having the patient staying in the hospital for up to three weeks to the patient receiving physical therapy the next day, and at times returning home in three to four days. A rigorous follow up plan is adopted allowing the patient to walk with a walker, then a cane, and then unaided.

Jercinovich also said that knee repair has made tremendous advances in the past few years as well. A lot of the same materials which are used in hip replacements are used in knee replacements, with corresponding success.


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