Traditionally, many patients after the posterior total hip replacement complained of leg length inequality and pain to the outside of their hip. Dr. Morton uses specialized tools such as x-ray during surgery to check leg-lengths intra-operatively. Sometimes getting your leg lengths perfect can be harder to achieve during revision and deformity surgery.
During surgery, Dr. Morton also considers the offset of your hip. Offset is the measurement of how far your femur bone is from your pelvis bone. The further away it is, the higher the offset. A high offset can sometimes put increased pressure on the hip and cause pain. A low offset can cause an unstable hip. Dr. Morton uses specialized tools to help figure out the appropriate offset of your hip. Talk with Dr. Morton about leg lengths and offset to understand how he will personalize placing your hip implant.