Father-son orthopedic team gets leg up on hip replacement with special table

by TOI Admin January 21, 2013

By Kristine Crane
Staff writer

Imagine a scuffed-up billiard ball.

Dr. William Petty, an orthopedic surgeon, holds up the arthritic ball of a hip joint, pointing out the rough patches where the osteophytes, commonly known as "bone spurs," have formed over what was once white, glistening cartilage.

The patchiness represents the body's ill-fated attempt to heal itself. But the reality is bone-on-bone inflammation.

"You can imagine how painful that would be," said Petty, who assists his son, Dr. Mark Petty, also an orthopedic surgeon, with anterior hip replacement surgery.

The procedure isn't new, but certain tools — namely a "table" that patients lie on, their legs resting on what looks like sophisticated stilts that move up and down and sideways — have emerged in the past few years to facilitate it. The table helps surgeons make smaller and more precise incisions and cut less leg muscle as they remove and replace patients' hip joints.

The Pettys are a rare father-son team of experts who have honed the art of operating with the table. Mark Petty works at the Orthopedic Institute atNorthFloridaRegionalMedicalCenter, and his father is CEO of the Gainesville-based company Exactech, which makes implant devices and surgical instruments. Forbes Magazine named it one of the 200 best small companies.

For access to the full article, courtesy of The Gainesville Sun visit: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130118/ARTICLES/130119550?p=1&tc=pg

*Please note that Mark Petty practices at The Orthopaedic Institute and performs surgeries at North Florida Regional Medical Center. The Orthopaedic Institute is a private practice group of 25 physicians providing the complete spectrum of musculoskeletal care.

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