Surgeons use revolutionary hana® Table technology to position the patient for one mini-incision on the front (anterior) of the hip joint. The incision is made in the natural interval between the gluteal muscles to reach and remove the diseased hip joint. There is no need to detach muscle from the pelvis or femur (upper leg bone), so the most important muscles for hip function are left undisturbed.
There are no post-surgical precautions with the anterior approach. This procedure focuses on implanting the patient’s new hip with the benefit of less pain, and a faster recovery – including a quick return to driving and other activities.
As with the anterior approach, single-incision posterior surgery is performed using a three- to four-inch incision as opposed to the ten inches required with traditional hip replacements. In this procedure, surgical specialists use a back (posterior) or side approach to remove the diseased joint and implant a prosthetic hip. Muscles that are separated from the pelvis or femur are then reattached.
Types of Implants
The surgeons at the Orthpaedic and Spine Institute will help you determine the best type of implant for you, based on your gender and other factors. Implants are available in a variety of materials, including ceramic, metal-on-metal, and ultra-strong plastic.
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