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New Hip replacement Technique

posted Jan 14, 2013, 12:40 AM by HP Orthocare hospital   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 1:43 AM ]
A new hip replacement strategy, an anterior approach technique, allows the patient
to experience less pain, have a quicker recovery, and improved mobility.

The technique is called the anterior approach because the surgery is performed through the front of the hip, instead of the back (posterior). In order to gain access to the hip joint, the posterior approach cuts through muscles and tendons, while the anterior technique goes between them. The incision made is about 2 and a half inches long.

Since the muscles and tendons are not cut, there is less pain while the patient recovers because they are not forced to sit on the incisions. With this technique, the patient also has a reduced risk of dislocating the new hip.

The majority of hip replacement surgeries are done using other techniques because many hospitals do not yet offer the anterior approach. However, people are becoming increasingly aware of its benefits. Within the next 5 to 10 years, Dr. Rees believes that it will become the primary technique.

Although some doctors may question the approach because it is more technically challenging, there are specially-designed operating tables that make the technique easier. The surgeons are able to accurately control the angle, position, traction and rotation of the hip and leg.

You can go through Hip replacement surgeries by Dr. Soneet here.