With age, bones and cartilage in the hip gradually degrade, which can cause severe hip pain, decreased mobility, and loss of function. If medications and physical therapy fail to provide relief, your orthopaedic specialist may recommend hip replacement.
Today, more and more orthopaedic surgeons are performing anterior hip replacement surgery. This procedure takes an anterior (or frontal) approach to access the hip joint, unlike traditional hip replacement surgery that creates a long incision beside or behind the joint. Anterior hip replacement allows the surgeon to go between the hip muscles, rather than cutting through and detaching the major muscle groups from the hip joint. The anterior approach is less invasive, requires smaller incisions, and causes less postoperative pain than traditional methods. Leaving the muscles intact also gives the joint more stability, reducing the risk of hip dislocation. Patients who undergo anterior hip replacement surgery are therefore able to enjoy a quicker recovery and return to normal activities.
If you would like to determine your candidacy for this procedure, contact the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Our orthopaedic care unit offers a wide range of innovative procedures to help patients regain their quality of life, so call us at (888) 685-1596 to learn more.