New Approach for Hip Replacement Surgery

(WTNH)– Orthopedic Surgeon Obi Osuji, MD from MidState Medical Center talks about a newer approach for hip replacement surgery.

The doctor focuses on a newer approach for hip replacement surgery, called the anterior approach.

The anterior approach is a “new” way of accessing the hip joint from the front. It really been used in the US since the 1960’s but recent advances in the technique and specialized equipment facilitates the approach.

It differ in that in the traditional or “posterior” approach, the patient is positioned on their side. The incision is made in the side of the hip, and access to the hip requires detaching some muscles from the back of the femur.  In the anterior approach, the patient is positioned on their back, and the incision is made in front of the hip instead of the back. It takes advantage of a natural interval or plane between muscles, so muscles are spread instead of being cut. This allows for less pain, faster recovery, and less risk of dislocation.

Some advantages to the anterior approach are:
a.    Less pain
b.    Faster recovery
c.    Lower dislocation risk
d.    No need for hip precautions after surgery
e.    Ability to use X-rays during surgery to optimize leg lengths, implant sizing and positioning

Many surgeons are not trained in this approach. The operating table and equipment that facilitates the approach is not available at many centers

Almost anyone is a candidate who has hip osteoarthritis and has failed to respond to non-operative treatment.

They have an upcoming event called “Keep Moving: Finding Relief from Joint Pain” where you’ll earn from Midstate Medical Center’s experts on what you can do to prevent or control how arthritis affects your daily life. The event will be October 23, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the MidState Family Health Center, 61 Pomeroy Avenue, Meriden. Call 1-866-662-5678 to register. For more information, go to www.midstatemedical.org.

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