Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, and is the most frequent cause of discomfort and chronic hip pain.
When medication, physical therapy and other conservative methods of treatment are no longer relieving debilitating hip pain, it may be time to discuss total hip replacement with your doctor.
Fortunately, hip replacement surgery has proven to be one of the most successful procedures for restoring patients’ functional quality of life.
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 shorter 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 three years.
Dr. Christopher Blackman is an orthopedic surgeon at Piedmont Orthopedics and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff.
Dr. Blackman is a graduate of Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Specializing in anterior hip replacement, he has been successfully performing the procedure on patients throughout the community for the past three years.