House Call: Anterior Hip Replacement
Hip replacement surgery has proven to be one of the most successful procedures for restoring patients’ functional quality of life.
If an individual is experiencing consistent pain from hip arthritis (usually in the front, groin area) and limited ability to engage in normal, daily activities, it may be time to discuss treatment options, and possibly joint replacement, with an orthopedic specialist.
Anterior hip replacement is a procedure that has been gaining popularity over the past few years, as it takes a different approach than conventional hip replacement. In conventional hip replacement, certain muscles or tendons are cut in order to access the hip joint and perform the surgery; however, the anterior approach utilizes a muscle interval in front of the hip joint that goes in between the muscles and tendons, rather than cutting them to access the joint. By causing less damage to surrounding tissue, the proposed benefits of anterior hip replacement include a quicker hospital stay, less pain after surgery, and a faster recovery.
Ultimately, advancements in hip replacement procedures are significantly improving quality of life for patients suffering from debilitating joint disease, and allowing them to return to normal activities within a few months or less. Fortunately, our community is home to Cone Health’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence, where fellowship-trained joint specialists have been performing anterior hip replacements for the past two years.
Dr. Matthew Olin is an orthopedic surgeon at Greensboro Orthopaedics and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff. Dr. Olin is a 1998 graduate of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Olin also completed the Otto E. Aufranc Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Mass., which focuses on advanced surgical techniques in hip and knee replacement.