Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement in Yuma, AZ

Hip pain is a debilitating issue that keeps patients from enjoying everyday activities, like running, gardening, and golfing. One of the most common sources of hip pain, osteoarthritis, affects over 40 million Americans and causes a number of other symptoms, including inflammation, tenderness, and limited mobility. A number of conservative solutions can potentially help manage hip pain; however, in more serious cases, surgery may be indicated to remedy the condition.

Hip replacement, since its introduction to the United States in the 1960s, has undergone a number of advancements that provide patients with improved results. While traditional hip replacement is one of the safest, most effective surgeries performed today, a new approach to hip replacement, known as the anterior approach to hip replacement, promises a number of potential benefits beyond open surgery.

The anterior approach to hip replacement is minimally invasive, which translates to smaller incisions, more cosmetic scarring, less blood loss during surgery, and a quicker rate of recovery. Due to the nature of the surgery, not every patient is a candidate; however, Dr. Henderson can evaluate the patient's condition to determine the best treatment option available.

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Hip Arthritis

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, carrying the bulk of the body's weight when walking or running, as well as during static posture. The rounded top of the thighbone, called the femoral head, fits snugly within the acetabulum to form the main hip joint. Smooth cartilage lines both the femoral head and the acetabulum to allow the bones to move without experiencing friction. An additional piece of cartilage, the labrum, forms a ring around the acetabulum to provide greater support.

Hip arthritis is degenerative, and commonly affects the hip because of its weight-bearing nature. As greater stress is placed on the hip and its components, the protective cartilage becomes less capable of defending the bones from deterioration due to friction. Additionally, as patients age, the protective cartilage becomes more brittle and loses its ability to repair itself. Patients will experience significant pain as bones rub against each other, along with other symptoms including limit range of motion, joint stiffness, and inflammation.

Treatment Options for Hip Arthritis

Osteoarthritis of the hip can be managed effectively for a large percentage of patients. By managing the condition, arthritis sufferers can delay surgery and reduce pain and other symptoms. Conservative treatments for osteoarthritis focus on strengthening the surrounding muscles and alleviating the pressure placed on the hip. Common conservative approaches include physical therapy and rehabilitation, weight modification, activity modification, and NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) treatment.

Hip Replacement Surgery

Not all patients will respond to conservative approaches, and in more severe cases, hip replacement surgery may be indicated as the best solution. This is one of the most common surgical options for hip arthritis, and aims to remove the arthritic joint and replace it with a prosthetic implant, made of metal alloys, ceramics, and hard plastic pieces. The result is a restoration of joint function, reduction in pain, and a return to a more active lifestyle.

Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

A new approach to hip replacement, known as direct anterior hip replacement or anterior approach to hip replacement, promises a number of potential benefits beyond traditional joint surgery. Patients that undergo the anterior approach to hip replacement may see greater benefits compared to traditional surgery, including:

  • Less noticeable scarring
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Decreased hospital stay
  • Reduced risk of dislocation
  • Under doctor's supervision, may be able to move the hips immediately

Benefits of the Anterior Approach

Because the anterior approach to hip replacement requires smaller incisions, the operation leads to less blood loss during surgery. Additionally, because the anterior approach does not displace muscles or tendons to replace the hip joint, patients experience less post-operative pain. Because of its minimally invasive nature, the anterior approach to hip replacement can provide a restoration of joint function without a number of the limitations or considerations of traditional joint replacement.

Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement in Yuma, AZ

Dr. Rodney Henderson is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon practicing joint replacement and sports medicine in Yuma, AZ and San Diego, CA. Dr. Henderson aims to provide the best treatment options available for patients, and utilizes innovative surgical approaches, including the anterior approach to hip replacement and computer-assisted navigation. To learn more about Dr. Henderson's practice or treatment for hip arthritis, schedule an appointment to speak with the surgeon.