Orthopaedic Surgeon John Noble Jr., MD, with Center for Orthopaedics, served as an instructor at a recent surgical training program for Stryker, one of the world's leading orthopaedic technology companies. The topic of the course was recent advances in the knowledge of and treatment of femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI), which have led to the development of minimally invasive techniques to restore the biomechanics of the hip. It is hoped that these advances will delay or eliminate the need for a total hip replacement in many patients. FAI is condition that results from too much friction in the hip joint, which can lead to numerous pain-causing conditions, including cartilage damage, labral tears, early hip arthritis, hyperlaxity, sports hernias, and low back pain.
Dr. Noble introduced and demonstrated a new combination of hip arthroscopy and computer-assisted navigation to address FAI. This technology is new to the world with the exception of Australia where it has been use sparingly. Attendees at the training program included invited surgeons from across the country and Stryker technical staff.