BayCare Clinic offers new hip replacement option

Mon, Apr 13, 2015

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:


Hip replacement facts*


  • An estimated 332,000 Americans undergo hip replacement surgery, making it one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States.
  • A total hip replacement is typically recommended when the hip joint is seriously damaged by arthritis or other conditions.
  • During surgery, the damaged head of the femur is cut off. A metal stem is inserted into the center of the femur and capped with a metal or ceramic ball.
  • Cartilage inside the hip joint socket is removed, and a metal socket is installed. A plastic liner between the ball and socket lets the hip move smoothly.
  • Serious complications happen less than 2 percent of the time.

*Sources: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health


For more information about anterior hip replacement surgery, call Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic at (920) 682-6376 or (877) 618-6676, or visit

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