ABOUT HIP REPLACEMENT
Great advancements have been made in the last 5 years in Hip Replacement Surgery. Perhaps the greatest breakthroughs have been regarding advanced implant materials and much better hip surface bearings. Better hip surface bearings greatly reduce wear which significantly increases the life and longevity of the hip replacement. According to laboratory data, scientists now feel that hip replacements today may last a lifetime.
In some patients, we use the computer to help us accurately place the prosthesis. The computer offers visual mapping to help us make decisions before and throughout the hip replacement operation. The objective is to combine the precision and accuracy of computer technology with our skills to perform surgery.
Minimally invasive and muscle sparing operative techniques as well as peri-operative multimodal pain management regimens give our patients minimal postoperative pain and allow for an easier and faster recovery. In addition to faster recovery, there may be potential benefits such as less bleeding and smaller scars for improved cosmetics.
At MSMOC, we offer the latest and best approaches in hip replacement. We offer both the new computer navigated “mini-incision posterior” hip replacement and the anterior hip replacement.
With both of these approaches to hip replacement, you cut no muscle, have no post operative hip precautions and are up and walking the day of surgery. Both approaches also help to restore equal leg lengths and normal anatomical position of the new implants and are equal in their reduced length of recovery.
Most all patients are discharged from the hospital the next day or the day after. Soon we will be offering hip replacements on an outpatient basis.
Drs. Johnson, Almand, Mehrle, Pickering, and Hobgood routinely use implants provided by DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Please see www.hipreplacement.com for a more in depth explanation of the operation, implants, minimally invasive surgery, computer-assisted surgery, preparing for surgery as well as recovery and rehabilitation. Also, please view Baptist Total Joint Center of Excellence for our specific rehabilitation protocols.