Severe pain in your hips is a good indication that you may need a hip replacement, but pain could be related to a number of ailments. It's best to talk with one of our surgeons about any pain you may be having. Typically, we'll start with a consultation and exam, then take x-rays or an MRI to determine where your pain is coming from. A majority of our patients who need hip replacement report that hip problems run in their family. Others who need hip replacement may have had some sort of hip trauma or injury earlier in life.
The posterior hip surgery is traditionally the most common approach for total hip replacement. In posterior hip replacement, the surgeon gains access to the hip with an incision by the buttocks.
The posterior surgery is a versatile approach. It allows the surgeon to fully visualize the hip and perform any type of reconstruction necessary during the procedure. For many patients, the posterior hip surgery replacement is necessary due to complex problems or deformities.
While direct anterior hip replacement is popular because it is less invasive and healing time is shorter, the procedure isn’t necessarily suitable for everyone. Your physician can help determine if you’re a viable candidate for direct anterior hip replacement surgery, or if a more traditional hip replacement surgery would be better.
Direct anterior hip replacement surgery is a less invasive procedure as surgeons go in from the front of the hip, allowing them to access the hip joint between muscles. The procedure means a smaller incision and less tissue disturbance. For many patients, the less invasive surgery gives them a faster recovery and less discomfort.
Four of Orthopaedic Associates’ board-certified surgeons, Dr. Michael Momont, Dr. Patrick Hall, Dr. Joshua Rother, and Dr. Samuel Harms are highly qualified in the direct anterior hip replacement procedure.
Q: Are there any long-term advantages or disadvantages to having a direct anterior hip replacement?
A: Typically, the long-term results of having a direct anterior hip replacement are the same as having a traditional hip replacement (posterior). However, the short-term benefits are what make the direct anterior hip replacement a favored procedure for many hip replacement candidates. Shorter healing times, less pain, and fewer limitations on post-surgery activities are just a few of the short-term benefits of having a direct anterior hip replacement.
Q: Is the direct anterior hip replacement procedure cheaper or more expensive than the traditional hip replacement procedure?
A: The cost of the surgery is about the same for both procedures, however, patients may save money if they go the route of having the direct anterior hip replacement procedure done because patients who undergo this surgery typically have a shorter hospital stay and recovery time. As with any medical procedure, costs will vary with each patient and their health care coverage.
Q: How long does the surgery last?
A: Typically, patients are in surgery for about an hour and a half. Surgery may take longer for those with tighter muscles.
Q: Can anyone get a direct anterior hip replacement done?
A: This procedure is not for everyone. The direct anterior hip replacement may not be suitable for people with certain types of bone anatomy, for instance. It is best to talk with a physician to choose which procedure – the direct anterior approach or a more traditional hip replacement – is right for you.
For more information on the direct anterior hip replacement procedure, visit the websites below. Additionally, you may request a consultation with Orthopaedic Associates. Just call (218) 722-5513.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Direct anterior approach information from Stryker
Hip Pain information from Zimmer
A direct anterior hip replacement may not be appropriate for all patients. Talk with your doctor or one of our physicians to see if you are a viable candidate for direct anterior hip replacement surgery, or if a more traditional hip replacement surgery would suit you.