If you need a hip replacement, ask your doctor whether you are a candidate for an anterior (front) approach, as opposed to a posterior (back) approach. Patients who have anterior hip replacements can experience quicker recovery times and better outcomes.
“While we have been performing anterior hip replacements at Saint Francis Medical Center for more than two decades, the procedure has become more common recently because we have new equipment that makes it much easier,” says R. August Ritter III, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “We have a new operating table that allows us to position patients so we can obtain X-rays during the procedure and see into the cup part of the hip.”
Patients who have an anterior hip replacement are able to put weight on it almost immediately after surgery, and many can return home the next day.
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