(02/25/13) - A new hip surgery technique is transforming the whole experience for some patients. It's an option that's becoming popular among surgeons.
Fifty-nine-year-old Jill Porter bench pressed a record breaking 185 pounds. "It didn't look pretty but I was happy to have another world record."
But the whole time, she says, "my hip was killing me!"
Four days later, she was getting it replaced. Dr. Stefan Kreuzer of Memorial Hermann Hospital recommended she try something new, "it's a less invasive approach."
Kreuzer went through the front of her leg to get to her hip, instead of the more traditional technique of going through the back of the leg, "fewer muscles are cut during the surgery."
Going in through the front prevents so many of the muscles we use to stand up, sit down, and walk from being detached. Direct anterior hip replacement can also mean a shorter hospital stay.
Instead of three to ten days, Kreuzer says, "98 percent of our patients stay one to two days."
Recovery time can range from two to eight weeks, compared to twelve weeks with the posterior approach and the risk of dislocation drops too.
Jill's thrilled the surgery lifted her pain, "I just can't even begin to say the difference."
The normal post-operative hip movement restrictions do not apply to patients who have the direct anterior hip replacement.
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