A new hip replacement method, an anterior approach technique, allows the patient to experience less pain, have a quicker recovery, and improved mobility, medical experts say. This is what Dr. Harold Rees said about this new technique, which he used on his patient, Sean Toohey, and he was greatly satisfied of the aftermath.

 

 

The patient started working 15 days later after his surgical operation but this time no longer suffering from extreme pain he had before the surgery.

 

 

“My brother, who has had both hips replaced, was very jealous of my outcome,” Toohey expressed.Most patients who previously underwent surgery with other techniques will probably feel the same way, considering a report from 2009 stated that the recovery time for total hip replacement surgery is between one to six months. Also, the dangerous effects it caused to those who used it.Just like for instance, the Stryker hip replacement recall. There were complaints about metal toxicity, pain, and swelling. The online site, strykerhiprecall.us offers helpful articles about this device.

 

 

Dr. Rees is now doing all his hip replacement procedures by using the anterior method as he was inspired by Toohey who recovered swiftly from the operation with lesser pain and increased flexibility unlike those who had the posterior technique.

 

 

The technique is called the anterior approach because the surgery is performed through the front of the hip, instead of the back. In order to gain access to the hip joint, the posterior approach cuts through muscles and tendons, while the anterior technique goes between them. The incision made is about two and a half inches long.

 

 

There is no cutting involved through the muscles and tendons, so there is decrease in pain while the patient is improving due to not having to seat with incisions.Lesser occurrence of dislocation of the hip is one of the advantages of this new method too.

 

 

Most of the hip replacement operations are performed through other methods since the anterior technique is not yet provided by countless hospitals.But people are also in the know of its gains.Dr. Reese thinks that about five to 10 years from now, it will be the foremost method.

 

 

Although some doctors may question the approach because it is more technically challenging, there are specially designed operating tables that make the technique easier.

 

 

 

 

Source:

sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121105151257.htm

nytimes.com/2010/02/09/health/09brod.html?_r=0