Less Pain, Faster Recovery Time: Anterior hip replacement
There are 76.4 million baby boomers in the United States. That’s 76.4 million adults counseled to stay active. No doubt it’s good for you but it can do a number of your hips and knees. Joint replacement was once considered a rare operation. Not anymore. In 2010, physicians performed 310,800 hip replacements, but not all surgeries are created equal.
The anterior approach to total hip replacement is an alternative to traditional hip-replacement surgery. It offers faster recovery, less pain and improved mobility.
The anterior (front) technique allows the surgeon to work between the muscles and tissue without detaching them from the hip or thigh bones, which decreases trauma to the tissue. Ninety-five percent of the hip-replacement surgeries done by CHI Health Orthopedics specialist Casey Beran, MD, use the anterior approach.
“Instead of splitting any muscles or cutting anything, we’re able to just push the muscles out of the way and can usually do the procedure through a pretty small incision,” said Dr. Beran, who specializes in orthopedic surgery and adult joint reconstruction. “And since we’re going through the front portion of the hip, it makes the hip less likely to dislocate because the ligaments are still OK in the back. It also makes it a little bit easier to get up out of chairs and get walking a little bit quicker.” Dr. Beran's hip-replacement patients range in age from 40 to 80. Most of his patients tell him they wished they would have had the procedure much sooner.
Dr. Beran, who also does knee replacements, is one of the first orthopedic surgeons in Omaha to start using kinematic alignment joint replacement. The procedure provides a custom fit for the patient – providing quicker recovery times and better motion out of the knee.