MANITOWOC – A new procedure at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic aims to return hip replacement patients to active life in two to three weeks versus the traditional five to six week recovery period.
Hip replacement surgery replaces the worn ends of the bones in the hip joints with prosthetic parts made of metal, plastic or ceramics. Doing so relieves pain and restores function in patients whose joints have been compromised by disease or trauma.
An increasingly popular procedure for doing this, called Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery, does so by creating a small, less invasive incision at the front of the hip, explains Craig L. Olson, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic, 501 N. 10th St., Manitowoc.
“The frontal entry approach for anterior muscle sparring enables an orthopedic surgeon to access the hip joint by separating rather than cutting and then reattaching muscles,” Dr. Olson said. Traditional hip replacement procedures enter the body through an incision close to the buttocks or through the side of the hip often slicing through muscle.
“Entering the hip through the front or anterior area results in less trauma to the soft issues around the hip, fostering a speedier recovery,” Olson said. “It’s a more challenging surgery but it’s been extremely beneficial to our patients. They are getting back to their daily activities in about two or three weeks – less recovery time than required via traditional hip replacement procedures – and with fewer complications.”
Anterior hip replacement surgery has been available at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic’s Manitowoc site since November of 2014.
The orthopedic surgery team at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic, Manitowoc, includes:
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*Sources: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health