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1 ANTERIOR APPROACH TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT Joint Replacement Center of Excellence

2 WHAT IS A TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT? Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure where the worn out surfaces of the hip are replaced with man-made components. Over time, the cartilage that cushions the bones can wear away, cause pain and discomfort, and make simple pleasures like walking and shopping unbearable. Hip replacement can reduce or eliminate pain, allow easier movement and get you back to life. Normal Hip Arthritic Hip Hip Replacement

3 WHO IS A DIRECT ANTERIOR APPROACH HIP REPLACEMENT? Total Hip Replacement using a direct anterior approach is a minimally invasive surgery that offers important advantages over standard surgical procedures. Its key characteristic is the use of specialized techniques and instrumentation that allows the physician to perform major surgery with a smaller incision. Continuing orthopaedic experience suggests that this procedure may offer several advantages over the more traditional surgical approaches to hip replacement. It is, however, important to understand that not all patients are appropriate candidates for this approach. Ask your surgeon which technique is most appropriate for you. POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF ANTERIOR APPROACH Decreased hospital stay and quicker rehabilitation. Smaller incision and reduced muscle disruption may allow patients a shorter recovery time and less scarring. Potential for less blood loss, less time in surgery, and reduced post-operative pain. Risk of dislocation may be reduced. May allow for a more natural return to normal function and activity. HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY PERIOD? This can vary from person to person, but most people will need to use an ambulation aid such as a walker for 2 to 4 weeks or so. Driving may be possible in 2 to 3 weeks, and activities such as golf and bowling can be resumed in as few as 10 to 12 weeks. Some activities such as singles tennis and skiing are not recommended after hip replacement. Most people will be able to go straight home from the hospital, though some patients, particularly those that live alone, may need to spend a few days at a rehab center or nursing home. Keep in mind that healing and recovery times can vary.

4 COMPARISON: TRADITIONAL VS. DIRECT ANTERIOR APPROACH SURGICAL CONSIDERATIONS Traditional Hip Replacement 8-12 inch incision Surgical approach side (lateral) or back posterior Disturbance of the joint and connecting tissue 2-3 day hospital stay TYPICAL PRECAUTIONS Traditional Hip Replacement Do not cross legs Do not bend hip more than a right angle Do not turn feet excessively inward or outward Use a pillow between your legs when sleeping Direct Anterior Approach 3-4 in incision Surgical approach front (anterior) Muscles or tendons not detached 1-2 day hospital stay, in certain situations same day Direct Anterior Approach Under doctor s supervision, may be immediately allowed to move hips May potentially avoid restrictions associated with traditional hip replacement

5 WHAT ARE THE RISKS? Hip replacement is recognized as one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine. In the United States, over 190,000 people have their hips replaced each year, and over ninety percent of these are considered successful. Even though hip replacement surgery is considered a very successful procedure, it is major surgery, and as with any surgery, there are risks you need to be aware of. Possible complications include: Blood clots in your leg veins Infection Implant loosening Fractures Nerve or blood vessel damage Hip dislocation Change of leg length. Your surgeon and healthcare team will be taking great care to minimize the risk of these and other complications. Keep in mind that complications are relatively rare, but they need to be understood by you and your family. Your surgeon will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. HOW MUCH DOES TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT HURT? You will experience some discomfort after surgery, but be assured we will do everything we can to keep you as comfortable as possible. Pain after hip replacement surgery is quite variable from person to person, and not entirely predictable. Modern medications and improved anesthetic techniques have greatly enhanced our ability to control pain and discomfort after surgery.

6 WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS? Just give us a call. We ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. And be sure to ask us about our upcoming seminars on knee and hip pain we d love to see you! Contact us at or Joint Replacement Center of Excellence monroeclinic.org Sponsored by the Congregations of Sisters of St. Agnes

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