more options for a common problem
Dr. Lindsey is pleased to offer more than one surgical approach to treating hip arthritis. Anterior and Posterior hip replacements for the treatment of arthritis are both offered at Southwest Health Center. Dr. Lindsey individualizes each approach based upon the patients anatomy, level of arthritis, past medical history and the underlying cause of arthritis. Studies have demonstrated excellent outcomes with both surgical approaches to the hip with low complication rates.
The “Anterior Approach” procedure allows the surgery to be performed through a natural gap between the thigh muscles, no longer having to detach and reattach other hip or thigh muscles. This surgery requires a special table that allows the leg to be distracted during surgery.
Patients benefit from this surgical approach:
- Less muscle trauma and therefore less pain
- Improved leg length control and lower dislocation risk
- Fewer restrictions
The “Posterior Approach” is a more traditional hip replacement. This approach is the preferred surgical approach in patients with very stiff and arthritis hips, or in patients with osteoporosis. With this approach, patients have Hip Precautions post-operatively that they have to follow to prevent dislocation.
After hip replacements, patients will be required to take a blood thinner to help reduce the risk of blood clots and pulmonary problems.
Anterior Hip Replacements
This surgery is not perfect for everyone. For those not eligible for the alternative approach, we offer a traditional hip replacement procedure. Surgery is not right for everyone. If you are experiencing pain the first step is making an appointment. There might be other treatment options available to you through our physical therapy and rehabilitation department that don’t require surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 608-342-4748 or click here.
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To find out more about what to expect after surgery click here.
In continuing its mission to provide the best patient care possible, The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health participates in the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR).