A hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal and plastic covering called a prosthesis, or artificial joint. The artificial joint replaces cartilage that has worn away over the years. Hip replacement can eliminate pain and allow artificial joints to function just like normal, healthy joints.
Scottsdale Healthcare offers total hip replacements using two approaches using less invasive techniques than traditional hip replacement surgery – the posterior approach and the anterior approach. All hip replacements, regardless of incision type, require your surgeon to replace the top of the thigh bone and the socket of the pelvis. With posterior hip replacement, the surgeon reaches the hip joint through the back (posterior) of the hip. Using smaller incisions, the surgeon can achieve adequate visualization of the surgical site while minimizing trauma to deep soft tissues, an important factor making rehabilitation faster and easier.
Anterior Hip Replacement
Scottsdale Healthcare also offers an alternative method to posterior total hip replacement – the anterior approach - which can mean less pain, fewer restrictions and faster recovery for most patients. This muscle sparing approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint through an incision in the front (anterior) of the hip. The surgeon works between two major muscles without having to detach them from either the femur or pelvis. Because these muscles are not detached, there are less post-operative restrictions following the surgery and recovery time is much faster compared to traditional hip replacement.
The state-of-the-art anterior approach uses a highly specialized operating table called the HANA® table. This table is used in combination with fluoroscopic x-ray images during the surgery, allowing for the precise placement of hip components. This reduces the risk for hip dislocation and post-surgery restrictions on movement. Patients are allowed to bear full weight when comfortable, and in most cases are walking without assistance in two to three weeks. The anterior approach allows patients to get back to their lives quickly and without restrictions, in most cases.
First introduced to Scottsdale Healthcare in 2008 by total joint replacement surgeon Ted Firestone, MD, more than 1,000 anterior hip replacements have since been performed by select surgeons at our hospitals. The surgeons at Scottsdale Healthcare who perform these procedures have all received advanced training and work in a state-of-the-art operating room. Their experience ensures you will receive the highest quality of care before, during and after your surgery.
See also: Hip Joint Replacement
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