Anterior Hip Replacement in NYC and Stamford, CT

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An ailing hip can be the source of significant discomfort. Left unaddressed, your hip pain may reach the point where it can prevent you from resting comfortably. Your pain may persist even while you’re sitting or lying down. The anterior approach to hip replacement can offer lasting relief from the discomfort you’ve been dealing with.

Detailing the Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

Doctors can carry out hip surgery in different ways. Examples of hip replacement include posterior, lateral, and anterior surgeries. Your doctor may also use a combination of approaches to reach your ailing hip.

The posterior approach to hip replacement involves accessing that part of your body through the back of your hips. When following the lateral approach, your doctor will work on fixing your hips by first reaching them from the side. Executing the anterior approach to hip replacement means the doctor will initiate the surgery by first working on the front of a patient’s legs.

Doctors consider numerous factors before deciding which approach to utilize for hip replacement. Those factors may include your body type and your medical history. The doctor may also make that decision based on which approach they believe will be easiest to implement successfully.

Because of those factors, your surgeon may be limited to only using the anterior approach to hip replacement. The experience of going through hip surgery may change significantly if your surgeon decides that they should rely on the anterior approach.

The biggest benefit for patients undergoing anterior hip replacement is related to post-operative pain. Patients can expect to deal with less pain following the procedure.

Since the doctor will work on the front of the legs during anterior hip surgery, they will also have to cut through fewer muscles. Because of that, the recovery period for anterior hip replacement will be shorter.

Differentiating Inguinal Crease Bikini Anterior Hip Replacement

Additional decisions may still have to be made even after your doctor settles on anterior hip surgery. For instance, your doctor may ask if you are open to inguinal crease bikini anterior hip replacement.

Inguinal crease bikini anterior hip surgery involves the surgeon making the initial cut through the patient’s bikini line. Executing the surgery in that manner conceals the scar resulting from the procedure.

Since the scar is hidden in the groin crease, the patient can easily cover it. Patients can also recover faster from inguinal crease bikini anterior hip replacement. It shortens recovery time by involving fewer structures around the hips and legs.

The expected recovery time for anterior hip replacement is around three months. However, patients may be well enough to move around with assistance only one day after the procedure.

Not everyone may be deemed eligible for inguinal crease bikini anterior hip surgery. If you are overweight, your doctor may recommend a different approach to hip replacement.

You are an ideal candidate for anterior hip surgery if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have significant damage to the hip joint.
  • You have limited mobility.
  • Non-surgical treatments are not working.
  • The pain you are experiencing has worsened.
  • Your overall health is in good condition.
  • You are at a reasonable weight.
  • You have good bone quality.
  • You have realistic expectations regarding the procedure and its outcome. 

It is important to note that there are other factors doctors take into consideration as well. They have to consider the patient’s anatomy and their previous surgical operations. A thorough evaluation is critical to the success of this operation as every patient is different. 

According to the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), an artificial hip can last anywhere between 10 to 20 years. The longevity of this prosthetic does depend on the patient. More specifically, it depends on how active they are, the weight they are currently at, and the type of implant the surgeon used. 

There are many benefits that only anterior hip replacement provides. 

These benefits include the following:

  • Faster recovery
  • Less muscle pain
  • Decreased risk of hip dislocation
  • Improved mobility 
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Decreased risk of muscle damage

Anterior hip replacement is a generally safe procedure, but as with other surgical procedures, there are risks you need to be aware of. 

These risks include the following:

  • Blood clots
  • Nerve damage
  • Vascular injuries
  • Problems with the implant
  • Increased risk of hip dislocation
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Bone fractures
  • Having an allergic reaction to the anesthesia

Dr. McLawhorn will go over these risks in more detail during your consultation with him. 

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We Make Inguinal Crease Bikini Anterior Hip Surgery an Option

Check if you are eligible for inguinal crease bikini anterior hip surgery after consulting Dr. Alexander McLawhorn. Set your appointment with Dr. McLawhorn by calling 212-606-1065 if you’re seeking treatment in New York City or 203-705-2113 for his Stamford, CT, office.

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