Hip pain can make it difficult to walk, sleep or be actively involved in hobbies or sporting activities. If your pain persists and medications and exercises are not providing relief, you may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery.
This type of surgery replaces the damaged hip joint with a one made of metal, plastic or ceramic. To access the joint, the surgeon typically comes from behind or from to the side. This requires the surgeon to cut through muscles around the hip and leg bone.
But now, Mercy orthopedic surgeons and Mercy Hospital in Northwest Arkansas are offering the direct anterior approach that causes less stress to surrounding muscles and speeds recovery time.
With an anterior approach, the orthopedic surgeon accesses the hip joint from the front, allowing the hip muscles to remain intact. Patient undergoing anterior hip replacement experience:
If you are living with persistent hip pain, it is time to talk to your Mercy physician about treatment options. Together we’ll help you decide what’s right for you and get you back to doing all the things you love – pain free.