Anterior-Approach Hip Replacement

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Less pain. Faster recovery. The region's minimally invasive hip replacement is here. At The Orthopedic Hospital (TOH), we perform the anterior-approach hip replacement—a groundbreaking, less-invasive procedure that offers the potential for a quicker recovery and improved maneuverability

Thanks to a special surgical table, the PROfx®, and the specialized skills of some area orthopedic surgeons at TOH, the facility is becoming a surgical destination for patients seeking the anterior-approach to hip replacements. TOH is one of the first hospitals in the state to acquire the PROfx®, a surgical table with traction-like boots that enables the surgeon to stabilize the patient's legs independently, as well as raise or lower the legs or the patient's upper body to maintain proper alignment. A hip can be replaced through a single incision with no detachment of muscle from the pelvis to the femur. X-rays may also be taken during surgery to ensure proper implant placement and leg length.

Steven Fisher, MD, was one of the first four surgeons in the state to perform anterior arthroplasties.

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Anterior-Approach Hip Replacement"It's an obvious choice when the benefits for patients are so significant," said Dr. Fisher. "The anterior approach makes it possible to avoid injury to muscles by dissecting between them. Conventional methods require detaching muscles that control hip motion and help prevent dislocation. Trauma to these muscles causes pain and swelling that requires additional healing time and six to 10 weeks of rehab. In addition, there are major restrictions, such as not flexing the hip beyond 90 degrees, which affects basic activities like sitting, crossing the legs, putting on shoes and driving.
"Patients who undergo anterior-approach hip replacement have less pain and scarring, have fewer restrictions, have a lower risk of dislocation, stay in the hospital fewer days and have a significantly quicker recovery time," Dr. Fisher added.

Advantages of Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery
  Anterior Approach Conventional Surgery
Hospital stay   One to two days Three to five days
Incision size   Four to five inches 10 to 12 inches
Muscle trauma No muscle detachment Muscles are cut, detached, then repaired
Recovery time    Two to four weeks Six to 10 weeks

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