Orthopedic Hips Treatment in Northern Michigan
The hip is one of the body’s largest joints. Overtime, bone and cartilage in this ball-and-socket joint can become damaged. Most people who undergo hip replacement are age 50 to 80, but orthopedic surgeons evaluate each patient individually.
Hip replacement surgery is one of medicine’s most successful operations thanks to ongoing improvements in surgical techniques and technology. Munson Healthcare’s fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in several approaches to hip replacement using the most innovative techniques and equipment. Talk to your orthopedic specialist about which option is most appropriate for you.
Anterior Hip Replacement
This minimally invasive procedure is performed using a specially-designed surgical table, called a Hana® table. Anterior hip replacement allows your surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip instead of the side or back. This approach allows the surgeon to work between the muscles without detaching them from the femur. This technique as the potential for less pain, faster recovery, and improved mobility.
Anterolateral Hip Replacement
A minimally-invasive procedure, anterolateral total hip replacement is performed through a small incision on the anterior, or side, of the hip. Because muscles and tendons are not disturbed, the prosthetic joint is more likely to remain in place during the recovery process. Patients who have had anterolateral hip replacement do not have the same movement restrictions as those who have had a posterior total hip replacement. This procedure typically results in less pain, quicker recovery, and faster return to everyday activities.
Minimally-invasive hip arthroscopy may be recommended to address femoral acetabular impingement. This condition is caused by abnormally shaped hip bones that do not fit together perfectly, causing damage to the joint. Hip arthroscopy is also recommended for repairing injuries to hip cartilage, inflamed lining of the hip, arthritis, and removing loose bodies.
Posterior Hip Replacement
The traditional posterior approach to partial and total hip replacement surgery is the most common. It allows the surgeon to access the hip joint from the back and provides excellent visualization. The surgeon can visualize any aspect of the hip and perform any type of reconstruction around the hip. The posterior approach usually is the preferred treatment option if complex deformities or problems are encountered.