When chronic hip pain limits your ability to walk normally, sit comfortably, perform daily activities or enjoy life, replacement surgery can be a treatment option. In years past, recovering from hip replacement surgery used to be a lengthy process, with months of physical therapy on the horizon. However, a new minimally invasive procedure offered by Cleveland Clinic Florida means patients can recover mobility much more quickly.
Cleveland Clinic Florida is one of the few facilities in South Florida offering direct anterior hip replacement surgery. Using this technique, the surgeon inserts the hip prosthesis through a small incision at the front of the hip as opposed to the side or back sparing an invasion into the large muscle or tendon groups around the hip. As a result, there is less trauma, therefore allowing for a faster recovery.
“With direct anterior hip surgery, patients are in the hospital for only one day, typically, two days,” said Preetesh Patel, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Florida. “They require a cane or walker for only four to seven days and can return to work in two to three weeks post operatively.”
The average recovery time with traditional hip replacement surgery is two to six months, making direct anterior hip replacement surgery an appealing alternative. Other benefits of the surgery include:
- Less pain and need for pain medications.
- Less risk of dislocation and no need for postoperative restrictions in motion.
- Faster return to recreational pastimes such as golf, skiing, tennis and horseback riding.
- The scar resulting from the surgery is much smaller than if done by the traditional method.
After physical rehabilitation, most patients can perform normal daily activities easily and without pain. Of course, anterior hip replacement surgery is not for everyone. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s orthopaedic surgeons will determine which patients are the right candidates for this surgery. Factors they consider include the patient’s physical condition, age, level of activity, bone quality and weight, and whether or not they have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Cleveland Clinic Florida can help you conquer hip pain. To make an appointment, click here or call toll-free 800.639.DOCTOR.