Innovative Alternative to Traditional Hip Replacement Surgery
Norton Orthopedic Care provides 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 Hip Replacement Minimizes Pain and Recovery Time
Because our surgeons 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 anterior approach hip replacement because they believe it offers patients a host of 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 is two to eight weeks versus two to four months with conventional surgery.
To date, Norton Orthopedic Care specialists have performed more than 900 anterior-approach total hip replacement surgeries. If you are a candidate for hip replacement, your orthopedist will explain surgical options and if anterior hip replacement is right for you.
See a Hip Replacement Specialist
For more information about our less invasive anterior hip replacement option, or to schedule an appointment, please call (502) 629-1234.