There’s a new approach to revising old joints. For patients whose surgically replaced knees or hips are worn out and in need of repair, the anterior (front) approach to hip revision surgery is a fast, safe and minimally invasive option to get them back on their feet in no time.
“With the anterior approach, I don’t need to take off the muscles, so postoperatively, the patients get up and start moving right away,” says Hamid Redjal, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It’s a much more tolerable procedure.”
Redjal compares some joint revision surgery to a tire change but others can be a complete overhaul of your transmission, engine and axel. Similar to tires, the various components in a joint replacement surgery can wear out over time. In contrast to more traditional approaches, the anterior approach to joint revision surgery involves a smaller cut and fewer detached parts.
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