Hip replacement is a common surgical procedure to relieve pain, improve motion, and provide better quality of life for patients suffering from advanced arthritis of the hip. Arthritis is wear and tear degeneration and thinning of the protective joint lining called cartilage. The symptoms of arthritis can usually be controlled with non-surgical treatment that includes medication, physical therapy, modifying activity, and injections including cortisone, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy.
Hip replacement is indicated when the symptoms have become disabling, and are not responding to non-surgical treatment. There are several surgical approaches for THR. Although anterior approach THR is not new, it is gaining in popularity because of the potential benefits, and improved instruments and equipment. An anterior THR is performed through a small incision in the front of the hip. The technique is tissue sparing because it does not detach muscles.
The potential benefits include:
- Accelerated recovery because muscles are not detached.
- Fewer restrictions during recovery.
- Improved stability of the implants.
- Decreased hospital stay.
- Decreased dislocation rate
If you would like more information, or would like to make an appointment with Richard V. Abdo, M.D., please call 727-446-5993 (x 110).