Hip replacements are some of the most successful procedures. Many people think of hip replacements as a procedure for people over the age of 50. However, individuals of all ages may need this procedure if they have a condition or injury affecting their hip. When conservative treatments fail or are not an option, a patient may need a surgical procedure to maximize their outcome.
Following an in-depth examination, Dr. Vigdorchik will discuss all of your options with you. If the surgeon recommends a hip replacement, you may be a candidate for a minimally-invasive anterior hip replacement.
Overview of Minimally-Invasive Anterior Hip Replacements
Anterior hip replacements are a type of minimally invasive or “muscle-sparing” procedure. This is because the surgeon will use a different entry approach to access the hip joint. Instead of creating an incision at the front of the hip, they will use a side entry approach.
Accessing the hip joint from the front can make a world of difference. Anterior entry allows the surgeon to avoid needing to move and cut through more muscle, which can elongate healing time. The surgeon will make an incision at the front of the affected hip. Then, the surgeon moves the muscle and other tissue out of the way to visualize the joint. This is a significant benefit of the anterior approach since there is less muscle at the front of the hip. From there, the surgeon will remove damaged parts of the joint. These areas will be replaced with prostheses to promote natural and comfortable movement.
Anterior hip replacements have the same “lifespan” as other joint replacement surgeries. Patients often enjoy faster recovery times and an outpatient procedure that allows them to go home soon after the surgery.
When conservative treatments fail or are no longer an option, Dr. Vigdorchik may recommend an anterior hip replacement. This surgery can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
As each patient’s case is different, a careful examination is required to create a treatment plan. Dr. Vigdorchik will discuss the condition of your hip joint, your lifestyle, and your concerns. He will also review prior medical records before recommending an anterior hip replacement.
Minimally-invasive anterior hip replacements are often performed as outpatient procedures. This allows patients to return home the same day as their procedure. Many patients can put weight on their new hip shortly after surgery. They are often also able to walk with the use of a walker or crutches the same day.
Physical therapy is a vital part of the recovery process from this procedure. Physical therapy helps patients regain strength and mobility following their procedure. Additionally, occupational therapy can help patients improve daily activities as they recover from their surgery.
Since an anterior approach allows the surgeon to avoid cutting through more major muscles, the recovery period is shorter. Within a few weeks, patients may have regained much of their range of motion and can return to work. It’s key to rest and listen to your body, however, to avoid re-injury of the joint.
Dr. Vigdorchik and his team will work with you to discuss all aspects of your condition, the procedure, and what you can expect during recovery. To schedule your consultation, please contact us or call us at 212-606-1992.