Patients benefit from minimally invasive hip replacement surgery
4/13/2016 1:02 PM
Hip problems can cause pain that interferes with quality of life and activities of living. The pain can be generally miserable for the person going through it.
Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the ball and socket of the hip. We do hip replacements for a number of reasons, the most common being arthritis.
Hip replacements have been around for decades. They have gone through different transitions over the years in regard to types of approaches and materials used. My current focus at this time is a direct anterior hip replacement.
The difference with this approach is how the hip is accessed. With the direct anterior technique, we go through the front of the hip more than the side or back of the hip. The advantage to accessing the hip in this way is that it’s much more muscle sparing and causes less soft tissue damage. The result is less pain after surgery, quicker restoration of function and lower complication rates.
If you would like more information about direct anterior hip replacement, call Live Oak Health Partners Specialty Care at (512) 353-6400.
About the Author
Stuart Shapiro, DO, is an Orthopedic Surgeon at the Live Oak Health Partners Specialty Care clinic in San Marcos, Texas.