If your hip is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down. If nonsurgical treatments like medications, injections, and walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total hip replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain and to help you resume normal activities.
WHEN SURGERY IS RECOMMENDED – There are several reasons why Dr. Sherfey or Dr. Antebi may recommend hip replacement surgery.
- Severe hip pain or stiffness that limits your everyday activities such as walking or bending.
- Moderate or severe hip pain while resting, either day or night.
- Stiffness in a hip that limits the ability to move or lift the leg – Inadequate pain relief from anti-inflammatory medications, injections, or walking supports.
CANDIDATES FOR SURGERY. There are no absolute age or weight restrictions for hip replacement surgery. Recommendations for surgery are based on a patient’s pain, x-ray findings, and limitations of daily life & activity. Most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis, which can include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post traumatic arthritis.
TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR. Your surgeon will review the results of your evaluation with you and discuss whether a hip replacement is the best method to relieve your pain and improve mobility. NEVER HESITATE to ask Dr. Antebi or Dr. Sherfey any questions you may have about your plan of care.
ADVANTAGES of the ANTERIOR TOTAL HIP over Traditional Hip Surgery
LESS DAMAGE to MAJOR MUSCLES. The anterior approach is referred to as a muscle sparing surgery because no muscles are cut to access the joint. It involves a 3″-4″ inch incision on the front of the hip that allows the joint to be replaced by moving muscles aside without detaching any tendons. This minimally invasive approach allows patients to resume their normal activity much quicker than patients that undergo traditional hip surgery.
LESS POST-OPERATIVE PAIN: Because the surgery does not require cutting muscles patients typically experience less pain after surgery and require less pain medication.
FASTER RECOVERY: After surgery, a patient can bend at the hip and bear weight as soon as it is comfortable. Most anterior hip replacement patients stop using their assistive devices sooner than patients who have has a traditional surgery. They have no limitations to their activity or range of motion after surgery.
DECREASED RISK of HIP DISLOCATION: A major post-surgical worry for most hip replacement patients is that the new hip’s ball and socket will dislocate. However, anterior hip replacement surgery does not disturb the muscles and soft tissue structures that could cause the hip to dislocate, therefore anterior surgical patients are less likely to suffer a hip dislocation.
BETTER RANGE of MOTION: Patients may bend over or sit with their legs crossed without risking hip dislocations. Most traditional hip replacement patients are told to avoid sitting with legs crossed for a least 6 to 8 weeks following surgery, and depending on surgeon preference, to avoid deep bending at the hip or extreme internal rotation of the hip for their lifetime. Anterior hip replacement patients do not have these limitations.
Dr. Antebi & Dr. Sherfey have performed thousands of Anterior Total Hip Surgeries throughout their careers.