As we get a little older, we may be faced with some medical decisions we never thought about as an active 20-year-old. Yep, joint replacement surgery can happen to the healthiest of us baby boomers.
Don’t stop reading because this might be important information sooner than you or I think. Orthopedic surgeons can offer a new type of hip replacement surgery, called anterior hip approach.
Because the surgeon doesn’t cut muscles or tendons, the anterior approach has less pain and a speedier recovery. The surgeons approach the hip joint from the front, instead of a back, or posterior approach.
Karen McKinzie, who had anterior hip surgery in April 2012, recalls that she was able to walk the same day after the surgery, climb stairs within 10 days, and she even danced at a wedding three months later. Currently, Karen’s training to walk in her first 5K in nine years.
In the March 2013 issue of Baylor Health magazine, orthopedic surgeon Steven Sanders, M.D., on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Irving, explains the technique’s advantages from his perspective.
“Traditionally, patients are on a walker for four to six weeks. With the anterior approach they’re often off it with a week,” he says. “Their expectation of difficulty is so much worse than it really is.”
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