NRMC surgeons practice an advanced form of hip replacement surgery called anterior hip surgery. This is less invasive, uses smaller incisions, and generally leads to faster recovery. Call (660)627-1229 or (660)665-0950 for an initial consultation.
Dr. Browning explains the advantages of anterior hip surgery, and how it can reduce hip joint pain.
ANTERIOR HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY
An advanced form of hip surgery is called the anterior hip approach.
This is what we practice here.
The anterior approach to hip surgery is a new technique that generally leads to faster recovery and more effective results. It involves a very minimal three to five inch incision that does not cut major muscle groups. This is very important for faster recovery. It uses a special imaging technology that allows the doctor to see the surgical area without a large incision.
Special Imaging Technology
With the imaging technology, the doctor can actually see inside the hip and through the tissues to inspect the hip prior, during, and after surgery. This allows for accurate placement and visual checks after the artificial hip is in place.
Recovery is generally quick. Many patients are up and out of bed after 24 hours, depending on progress and pain tolerance. Therapy begins almost immediately. Some patients are home after three days, and are walking about with crutches and walkers. Total recovery time is based on many factors, but because of the advances in the actual artificial hip and the minimally invasive incision, the recovery is two to six weeks, which is much quicker when compared with older techniques which took up to 12 weeks.