Features July 2011 Issue

Mini Anterior Approach Delivers Tangible Benefits in Hip Repair

Minimally invasive anterior hip replacement may offer a swifter recovery and better results compared to conventional surgery.

Hip-replacement surgery conjures up mixed emotions. You look forward to alleviating the pain your diseased hip has caused you, but you also dread the post-operative restrictions youíll face and the months of rehabilitation before you can return to normal activity. But a newer technique, minimally invasive direct anterior surgery, may result in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time, and it doesnít require the array of precautions that patients must take after conventional hip replacement. "All of those things that are taxing for people in the six to eight weeks after hip replacement surgery you donít have with the anterior approach," says Preetesh Patel, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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