When it comes to persistent hip pain that interferes with everyday functioning such as walking, daily activities, or even sitting comfortably, surgery may be necessary. Now hip replacement surgery is not the biggest procedure it used to be.
Cleveland Clinic Florida is one of the few facilities that offer patients a minimally invasive hip replacement surgery called ‘direct anterior.’ This method allows the surgeon to insert the hip prosthesis through a small incision in the front of the hip, instead of the side or back where the surgeon has to cut through the muscles and tendons.
Also, Cleveland Clinic offers a higher level of care when performing this procedure by using the most recent advances in ‘direct anterior’ hip replacements.
Expert surgeons use real-time X-ray fluoroscopy, which helps to implant the hip replacement component with much greater precision, thus reducing the complications that can result from misaligned implants.
Due to smaller incisions and less muscle trauma, patients recover faster with the ‘previous direct’ proposal than with traditional hip replacement surgery. In some cases, patients can return to work and resume normal activities in just two weeks.
Patients also endure a much shorter hospital stay and have less pain, which reduces the need for pain medication. The use of assistive devices, such as canes and walkers, is also substantially reduced.
In contrast, the average recovery time with traditional hip replacement surgery is two to six months, which makes “direct anterior” hip replacement surgery an attractive alternative.
Even before surgery is considered, patients at Cleveland Clinic Florida first receive a comprehensive evaluation that includes a thorough medical history, physical exam, x-rays, and other images to assess the cause of hip pain. In some cases, pain can be resolved with conservative treatments such as ice, physical therapy, rest, activity modification, pain relievers, or injections.
Cleveland Clinic orthopedic surgeons are available for interviews. You can comment in more detail about the innovative ‘direct anterior’ surgery, minimally invasive, for hip replacements.
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