By Dennis J. Beck, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hip replacements are a highly effective and efficient way to treat arthritis
of the hip, either from wear and tear or from the effects of trauma. Hip
replacement has been around for several decades and has proven to be a
quality way to alleviate pain and suffering and increase mobility and
function. Thanks to advancements in surgical techniques and special equipment
available at Methodist Hospital, patients can now consider Anterior Hip
replacement and discuss the possible benefits with their surgeon.
Traditionally, hip replacements are performed through an incision that
is 10-15cm in length on the side or back of the hip joint. Anterior hip
replacements involve a smaller incision near the front of the hip joint.
The surgery itself may take a bit longer than a traditional hip replacement;
however, due to the less invasive approach, patients typically have less
surgical discomfort following this technique.
Patients who undergo anterior hip replacement have the same risks as traditional
hip replacement of infection and other wound complications. However, patients
with anterior hip replacement can typically leave the hospital in 1-3
days and mobilize sooner. By doing a hip replacement through an anterior
approach, the backside of the hip is left intact. Most activities of daily
living, such as sitting, driving a car and crossing your legs are not
affected by the risks of destabilizing the backside of the hip joint.
The anterior hip replacement may involve some transient periods of numbness
in the anterior thigh and may involve some restoration of strength of
the front of the hip joint. However, it has been shown that anterior hip
replacements do provide an earlier return of function, mobilization of
the patient and shorter length of time in the hospital, with less pain.
We are striving to lead the way to introduce new technology and techniques
for our patients at Orthopaedic Associates. Thanks to the cooperation
of Methodist Hospital and continuing education in the techniques of anterior
hip replacement, we hope to be able to provide state-of-the-art joint
replacement care for all patients in the region.
About Dennis J. Beck, MD
As part of a
recent partnership between Methodist Hospital and Orthopaedic Associates, Dr. Beck provides
services to patients of Henderson and surrounding communities at Methodist
Hospital. He specializes in general orthopaedics and total joint replacement
and is one of three surgeons in the area that can perform anterior hip
replacements. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Beck, call 812-424-9291.