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Anterior Hip Replacement

When a patient requires a hip replacement surgery, the traditional method involves reaching the joint through the rear of the leg. But recent advances in technique have made an anterior approach a better solution for certain patients. In an anterior hip replacement procedure, the surgeon accesses the hip joint through the front of the leg instead.

Entering the joint through an anterior approach offers a number of advantages. Muscles that need to be cut and subsequently reattached for traditional hip replacement surgeries only need to be moved aside for anterior hip replacement. An anterior hip replacement provides the surgeon with the ability to clearly visualize the full hip socket and allows for a variety of implant devices to be introduced.

Benefits of Anterior Hip Replacement

This minimally invasive technique can lower the risk of dislocation that is more common in other hip replacement procedures. By maintaining the integrity of the muscles and the hip capsule, it also provides the stability necessary to avoid leg lengthening. Therefore, there is a much better chance of keeping both leg lengths precisely equal.

Anterior Hip Replacement Recovery

Since less muscle damage takes place, anterior hip replacement often enables the patient to be hospitalized for a shorter period of time and to recover more quickly. In many cases, patients can walk without the use of an assistive device in two to three weeks post-surgery. Low impact forms of exercise are recommended immediately after anterior hip replacement, and higher-impact activities are typically only prohibited for three months.

The anterior hip replacement procedure may not be well suited to certain patients. Those with prior implants in the hip, some particularly muscular individuals and patients who are obese may not be ideal candidates for this type of hip replacement approach. After a physical examination and analysis of your individual condition, your doctor can determine whether anterior hip replacement would be the best form of treatment for you.

Complete Hip Replacement

Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYThe hip is a “ball-and-socket” joint where the “ball” at the top of the thigh bone (femur) fits inside the “socket” in the pelvis (acetabulum). A layer of smooth cartilage covers the bone ends in a healthy hip joint, allowing you to walk and move your leg easily. When the bone and/or cartilage of the hip becomes diseased or damaged, the joint can stiffen and be very painful.

If the pain and stiffness of the hip joint is severe and other treatments have not brought sufficient relief, a hip replacement may be recommended. Our doctors will conduct a thorough examination that includes x-rays, strength and range-of-motion tests, your medical history and a series of questions to determine whether a total hip replacement is right for you.

Initial treatment for advanced hip conditions often includes nonsurgical techniques such as medication, physical therapy and using assistive devices such as orthotics or a cane. If these methods are unsuccessful, patients often turn to surgery to relieve their symptoms and resume a more active and enjoyable life .

What Does a Total Hip Replacement Involve?

Total hip replacement involves replacing the diseased bone and cartilage with a metal ball and plastic cup to relieve pain and restore movement and function to the joint. After this procedure, patients will be able to once again move without the stiff, debilitating pain of arthritis.

How Invasive is Total Hip Replacement?

Recent advances in surgical technology make it possible to perform minimally invasive joint replacements. Traditionally, an incision of 10-12 inches was needed for hip replacement surgery. Now, for patients who qualify, the same procedure can be performed with smaller incisions. There are other advantages to these techniques that may help make the surgery safer and allow patients to enjoy a potentially faster and less painful recovery. Our doctors will discuss with you whether you are a candidate for minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.

Patient Education – Animated Procedures & Conditions

Hip Procedures:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYThis noninvasive medical imaging technique uses a powerful magnetic field to create a detailed three-dimensional view of the inside of the body. The images it produces are similar to those generated by a CT scan. However, MRI images provide a much clearer view of soft tissues. This makes MRI a valuable diagnostic tool for the visualization of cancer, infection, internal bleeding and soft tissue trauma. » Watch the animation

  • Revision Hip Surgery
  • Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYThis surgery replaces worn artificial hip parts and damaged bone with new metal, plastic or ceramic components. The new components restore normal hip joint stability. » Watch the animation

  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYThis surgery replaces diseased and damaged portions of the hip with implants designed to restore function to the hip joint. » Watch the animation

Hip Conditions:

  • Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hip
  • Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYThis condition occurs when a bone’s normal blood supply is disrupted. The affected bone cells die, and the dead bone weakens and may begin to fracture and collapse, leading to arthritis. It most commonly affects the head of the femur, but can also affect other bones in the body. » Watch the animation

  • Degenerative Joint Disease of the Hip (Osteoarthritis of the Hip)
  • Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYThis condition is a wearing away of cartilage in the hip joint caused by arthritis, which can develop because of trauma, infection, age or autoimmune disorders. » Watch the animation

  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYThis condition is an inflammation of the trochanteric bursa, a fluid-filled sac that lies between the femur and the iliotibial band, a thick, wide tendon on the outside of the hip joint. This condition can cause pain and swelling on the outer side of the hip. » Watch the animation

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
  • Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYThis condition is a painful inflammation of the iliotibial band, a thick, tendon-like portion of a muscle that travels from the hip down the outer side of the thigh to the knee. ITBS results in pain, aggravated by activity, that is usually felt on the outer side of the knee. » Watch the animation

  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip
  • Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYOsteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that protects the ends of bones in the joints. Osteoarthritis is common in the hip because the hip bears the weight of the body. Osteoarthritis of the hip can severely impact a person’s lifestyle. » Watch the animation

  • Preventing Hip Fractures
  • Hip Replacement | Herrin, IL | Carbondale, IL | Harrisburg, IL | Paducah, KYA fracture of the hip is a serious injury that most commonly affects the elderly. Fortunately, you can take clear and simple steps to reduce the risk of a hip fracture. » Watch the animation

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