Expert discusses hip replacement options

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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 (which usually generates pain 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.

Orthopedic specialists within the Cone Health Network are performing both anterior and posterior (conventional) hip replacement procedures. 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 the quality of life for patients suffering from debilitating joint disease, and allowing them to return to normal activities within a few months or less. It is important for individuals who are suffering from hip arthritis to find an orthopedic specialist they feel comfortable with when considering joint replacement surgery. Fortunately, our community is home to Cone Health’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence and a network of joint specialists who undergo continuous training and perform hundreds of successful joint replacement procedures each year.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Timothy Murphy is an orthopedic surgeon at Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists and a member of the Cone Health medical staff. Dr. Murphy received his medical degree from UNC School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the UNC Department of Orthopaedics.