Find Rapid Joint Relief with Anterior Hip Replacement
At Providence Hospital’s Orthopedic Services, you receive the highest quality of surgical care with safety as our top priority – which is why we are proud to offer our patients in need of a hip replacement the option to have the procedure done using the cutting edge, innovative anterior approach to minimize pain, scarring, and recovery time.
Anterior approach hip replacement is an advanced surgical technique in which an incision is made in the front of the hip rather than the side or back of the hip, as is done with traditional hip surgery. The incisions are much smaller as a result, and there is less disruption to the muscle and tissues of the leg with the anterior approach.
“There is far less surgical dissection necessary to get to the hip, and therefore recovery time is very rapid,” says orthopedic surgeon Craig Thomas, MD, who specializes in the procedure at Providence. “The potential for dislocation, which is always a concern with hip replacements, is also much lower using this method because the muscles are left intact.”
Dr. Thomas is one of the few surgeons who performs the anterior approach on a regular surgical table, rather than a custom designed operating table, which has been shown to increase the risk of other potential complications such as ankle fractures. Using this method he is also able to more accurately gauge joint placement and limb length.
Recovery time for anterior approach hip replacements is much shorter, according to Dr. Thomas. His patients are typically out of bed the same day for physical therapy, and are often home within two days. A full return to normal physical activity is possible within as little as two to eight weeks depending on the age and physical shape of the patient, whereas traditional hip surgery is followed by months of recovery, with very restricted movement for the first several weeks.
As with every procedure, anterior approach hip replacement is not for every patient, particularly those with obesity and related issues. The surgeons will work with each patient to determine the best surgical option to provide relief from joint pain and injury.
To learn more about Providence’s Orthopedic Services, call us at (202) 534-4400.