Total hip replacement, including anterior approach
Each year thousands of patients undergo total hip replacement surgery. There are various ways to actually perform this procedure. One of them is the anterior supine inter-muscular (ASI) approach, or what is commonly referred to simply as the anterior approach. This uses an incision on the front side of the hip to allow direct access to the joint. This is unique in that it is a muscle-sparing technique, meaning no muscles need to be detached from the bone during the procedure. This can potentially mean less postoperative pain, quicker recovery, and a faster return to your day-to-day activities.
Not all patients and conditions are ideal for this technique however and more traditional approaches can still lead to great outcomes. Talk to one of our surgeons at OSI to find out what your best option for hip replacement surgery may be.
Arthroscopic surgery for the hip is a procedure in which orthopedic surgeons insert a camera through a small incision into the hip area to inspect the joint and surrounding tendons. This is both a diagnostic tool and a restorative one, as surgeons can use additional small incisions and precise instruments to make repairs to the hip area without a more invasive, open surgery.
Some injuries to the hip do not require total hip replacement or resurfacing. In these cases, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended. This is particularly true if there is damage to the labrum, which is the tissue around the socket.
Arthroscopic surgery is also useful to treat cases of hip impingement, in which the ball and socket of the hip joint wear against each other and cause more friction that will ultimately result in damage to the joint.
A qualified orthopedic surgeon can give you a diagnosis and a recommendation for or against arthroscopic surgery. Talk to a surgeon at OSI to learn more about the benefits of arthroscopic surgery for the hip.
The labrum is a fibrous piece of cartilage in your hip that helps stabilize the joint. When it is torn, the patient often feels pain and will have a loss of mobility on that side of the body. These tears are caused either by degenerative conditions or by traumatic injuries.
Orthopedic surgeons can use a variety of methods to address torn labrums, including hip arthroscopic hip surgery – a minimally-invasive surgical method using small incisions to access the injured area.
Talk to an orthopedic surgeon if you have had a labral tear diagnosed and are in need of a labral repair surgery.
As with any body part made of bone, the hip is vulnerable to fractures. In fact, among senior citizens and those with degenerative bone disease, hip fractures are some of the most common and disruptive orthopedic injuries suffered in the U.S. each year.
Not every hip fracture will require surgery. In those cases where surgery is not required, rest, physical therapy, and pain medication can help facilitate healing. But should a fracture be serious enough to need surgical intervention, the team of orthopedic surgeons at OSI can give you a treatment plan that involves the least disruption to your lifestyle and the best chance at a full recovery.