Dr. Jacobs is a nationally renowned leader in hip and knee replacement, with more than 30 years' experience in orthopaedic surgery, teaching and prosthetic development. His special interests include minimally invasive surgery, metal-on-metal technology, and hip resurfacing technology. As a leader in his field, Dr. Jacobs was among the first to perform these surgeries, and has over 10 years' experience in these special techniques.
Dr. Jacobs' success and continued dedication to providing the most advanced surgical techniques attest to his deep understanding of the principles of hip surgery and hip resurfacing. In addition, his conservative approach to surgery-in selecting only patients who are best suited for surgery-ensures that none of his patients will undergo a procedure that is unlikely to help them.
A National Leader in Hip Resurfacing
Hip resurfacing is an old concept, dating back to the 1960s, that has been rediscovered with the advent of newer metal-on-metal bearing surfaces. The first procedures proved largely unsuccessful due to the makeup of the resurfacing material, which could not support the long-term stress of regular hip movement.
Because of this, the resurfacing procedure was essentially abandoned until the 1990s, when the potential of metal-on-metal "bearing couples" was discovered. Since then, hip resurfacing has become a viable, less-invasive option for those needing hip replacement, preferable to traditional hip replacement because it is less invasive and preserves more of patients' natural bone. As a result, it is usually less painful and requires a shorter recovery period.
As with any surgery, patient selection is crucial for success-and only certain people are eligible for hip resurfacing. Patients with significant amount of deformity of their hips, or those with soft bones or osteoporosis may not be candidates for the procedure. Your surgeon will help you determine if hip resurfacing is right for you.
Embracing Anterior Approach Technology and Minimally Invasive Techniques
Dr. Jacobs is an expert in and long-time proponent of the single-incision minimally invasive total hip replacement. This can be done most effectively through the anterior approach, using the specialized Hana™ operating table. This table allows the surgeon to replace the joint without cutting or damaging any muscles, allowing for the quickest possible recovery. Patients who have undergone anterior approach hip replacement surgery experience minimal postoperative pain and are typically ready for discharge within 48 hours. This technique also minimizes the chances of such side effects as dislocation and decreased sensation along the outside of the thigh. [For more information on anterior approach hip replacement, click here.]
At Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Jacobs works with a specially trained surgical team provides expert, unsurpassed care. His commitment to advanced surgical techniques coupled with his conservative approach to surgery make him a highly regarded orthopaedic specialist, sought after locally, regionally and nationally by colleagues and patients alike.
A History of Excellence: Expert, Advocate, Teacher
1996: Dr. Jacobs presented some of the first data on the proper dimensions and clearances for the designs of metal-on-metal bearings at the Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
1997: Dr. Jacobs directs the FDA study group that led to the clearance of the Johnson & Johnson/DePuy metal-on-metal total hip system.
2002: Dr. Jacobs is part of the Corin hip resurfacing study for over six years, during which he has performed several hundred resurfacings.
2008: Dr. Jacobs incorporates the use of computer navigation to ensure the ideal positioning of the femoral component.
2009: Dr. Jacobs is currently participating in several ongoing hip resurfacing clinical trials, including the Biomet ReCap study, the Corin study and the Birmingham Hip System study.
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