As the population is aging, more orthopedic doctors are beginning to see more patients who need hip surgery to replace arthritic hip joints. The newest method to replace a hip, which some orthopedic surgeons have adapted, is called anterior hip replacement.
Anterior hip replacement is a procedure in which a surgeon removes the arthritic hip by approaching the hip from the front, instead of the back or side. The advantage for the patient is usually a much faster recovery.
Steven Sanders, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Irving, has utilized the new anterior hip replacement approach and found that it satisfies more patients.
“One of the things that I love about hip replacement surgery is the dramatic change the surgery makes in a patient’s life. They go from being severely restricted and almost immobile to some degree to a whole new quality of life,” says Dr. Sanders.
Learn more about what Dr. Sanders has to say about anterior hip replacements in this interview.