Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty

News Archive (2010)

Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty.

Steven L. Myerthall, MD

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Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty
Steven L. Myerthall, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center

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Audio: "Direct anterior or total hip arthroplasty is a technique of performing total hip replacement surgery in which the surgical approach..."

Text: Through the front of the hip

Audio: "…is through the front of the hip as opposed through the side of the hip, which is the traditional approach."

Text: Newer Technique

Audio: "It's a relatively newer technique. With recent changes in instrumentation and with new tables and new techniques in the operating room, it's recently gained quite a bit of popularity throughout North America."

Text: Patient Experience

Audio: "The patient experience after direct anterior total hip arthroplasty is two or three days in the hospital…"

Text: Quicker Recovery

Audio: "…and usually starts with walking on a walker. We get patients up and around the first day after surgery. They tend to be on the walker for maybe three or four days and on to a cane quite quickly. And usually, by about two weeks, some of them tend to be walking without any walking aid at all. Patients also tend to return to many of their activities quickly. I've had patients back on the golf course in two or three weeks after this surgical procedure, back to work with high-demand jobs by about three or four weeks after the operation itself."

Text: Any Patient requiring total hip replacement

Audio: "Really, any patient that requires a total hip because of hip pain is a candidate for the direct anterior total hip. There are some patients in which, from the surgical perspective, it's easier to do the operation on—those being smaller patients and less muscular patients. But a large muscular male is as good a candidate as a female, who may be smaller."

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