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New Hip Replacement Surgery Can Mean Shorter Recovery.

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Q: I understand there is a new hip replacement procedure using a special surgical table. What is it and is it an option for total hip replacement?

A: Hip replacement surgery is recommended for patients suffering from severe hip pain that limits their daily activities. The relatively new surgical method, called the direct-anterior approach, has an easier, less painful recovery for the patient.

The direct-anterior total hip arthroplasty is the only surgical approach that allows the procedure to be performed without having to cut any of the muscles or tendons. It is the most tissue-preserving approach for total hip arthroplasty.

To perform direct-anterior hip surgery, the patient lies on their back with their leg extended and rotated so that just the portion of the hip to be replaced is exposed. No damage is done to the important hip muscles.

Patients who have undergone this procedure have had a variety of experiences during the post-operative period. Most notable is a rapid recovery, which enables patients in many cases to walk unaided or without a walker within one to two weeks following surgery. In most cases, patients are discharged two to three days after surgery with no post-operative restrictions. They experience less pain and walk without a limp in days rather than weeks after surgery.

Additionally, the benefits of the direct-anterior total hip replacement are faster recovery in the early post-operative period, smaller incision with minimal muscle trauma and less scarring, smaller risk with a dislocation and no post-operative restrictions on hip motion.

Steven Myerthall, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon with privileges at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers.For a doctor referral, please call ResourceLink toll-free at 1.877.728.5414.

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