An innovative alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery
Norton Orthopaedic Care specialists provide a less invasive alternative to traditional hip replacement – anterior-approach hip replacement. Many conventional hip replacement surgeries are performed with an incision to the lateral (side) or posterior (back) of the hip and thigh. Small tendons (short rotators) are detached to reach the hip joint and then re-attached later in the operation. This procedure typically requires strict precautions after surgery, such as limited hip motion for six to eight weeks. You must also limit flexing your hip to no more than 60 to 90 degrees, which can make normal activities like sitting in a chair or getting in a car very difficult.
Anterior-approach hip replacement minimizes pain and recovery time
Anterior-approach total hip replacement minimizes pain and reduces recovery time. Because the surgeon can reach the hip joint from the front of the hip rather than from the side or back, the hip can be replaced without detaching muscle from the pelvis or femur.
Many surgeons are choosing this hip replacement technique because they believe it offers patients potential advantages such as:
- Faster recovery time because key muscles are not detached during the operation.
- Fewer restrictions during recovery. Most patients have significantly greater mobility and range of motion following surgery.
- Reduced scarring since the technique requires one relatively small incision.
- Reduced need for pain medication.
- Less time spent in rehabilitation.
Following the procedure, the patient is able to immediately bend the hip freely and bear full weight when it feels comfortable. Average recovery time for anterior-approach hip replacement surgery is two to eight weeks versus two to four months with conventional surgery.
To date, Norton Orthopaedic Care specialists have performed more than 900 anterior-approach total hip replacement surgeries. If you are a candidate for hip replacement, your orthopaedist will explain surgical options and if anterior-approach hip replacement is right for you.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (502) 629-1234.