If your hip has been injured in an accident, damaged by arthritis or another condition, every day activities such as walking, or standing up from a seated position may be extremely painful. If other treatment methods such as pain medications, physical therapy, exercise, and use of walking aids such as a cane or walker are no longer effective, you may be a candidate for a hip replacement.
Hip replacement, also known as hip arthroplasty, is a surgical operation where the damaged or diseased part of the hip is removed and replaced with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. A successful hip replacement combined with rehabilitation can help restore your quality of life.
There are different approaches to a hip replacement, the anterior approach and traditional approach. Both approaches require an inpatient stay at the hospital. A discussion with your Center for Orthopaedic physician will help determine which is the best for you.
The Anterior Approach is a minimally invasive, tissue-sparing surgical procedure that exposes the hip with one small incision on the anterior of the hip, about 4 inches. The surgeon is able to work between the muscles and tissues without detaching them from the hip or thighbone, leaving the gluteal muscles intact. The Anterior Approach has been performed in Europe since 1947 and in the United States since 1996.
Patients who undergo the Anterior Approach hip replacement have free range of motion with their hip and full weight bearing as tolerated, resulting in a more rapid return to normal function. Patients have reported less pain, less scarring, and less recovery time. Center for Orthopaedics is one of the only groups in the area with physicians specially trained in the Anterior Approach. For more information on the Anterior Approach hip replacement, visit www.newhipnews.com.
Traditional Approach Hip Replacement
Traditional, or conventional approach hip replacement surgery is done through an incision on the side or back of the hip. The muscles surrounding the hip are detached to expose the bone. The diseased and damaged bone is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. With this approach, you will need to limit your motion to protect your new hip. You will be advised not to cross your legs, not to bend at the waist more than 90 degrees, not to turn your feet too far inwards or outwards, and to sleep with a pillow between your legs at night. Your Center for Orthopaedics physician and physical therapists will help you with these limitations.
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