Innovations at North Fulton Hospital Improve Hip Replacement

May 22, 2013

North Fulton Hospital’s surgeons have recently begun performing the Anterior Approach to total hip replacement, which allows the surgeon to perform the surgery through a smaller incision and without detaching the muscles from the bones. This provides the potential for a quicker recover with less pain.

Roswell, GA (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

Hip replacement surgery has been used to treat joint disease since the 1960s, but recent innovations can greatly improve the patient´s recovery. Hip replacement surgery replaces the head of the thigh bone and the ball-and-socket mechanism in the hip with artificial implants. Traditionally, the operation was done making a 10- to 12-inch incision on the side of the hip. The muscles would then be detached from the hip, which would be dislocated. In recent years, however, a new technique called the Anterior Approach to total hip replacement has been developed. It allows the surgeon to perform the surgery through a smaller incision and without detaching the muscles from either the hip or thigh bone.

“The Anterior Approach to hip replacement allows me to access the hip joint without cutting any muscle,” says Dr. Jeffrey Garrett, a physician at North Fulton Hospital. “This technique utilizes the natural space between muscles, which minimizes number of places I have to cut the tissues. This provides the potential for a quicker recovery when compared to traditional hip replacement surgery.”

Benefits of the Anterior Approach are:

  •     Possible accelerated recovery time because key muscles are not detached during the operation.
  •     Potential for fewer restrictions during recovery. Although each patient responds differently, this procedure seeks to help patients more freely bend their hip and bear their full weight immediately or soon after surgery.
  •     Possible reduced scarring because the technique allows for one relatively small incision. Since the incision is on the front side of the leg, patients may be spared from the pain of sitting on scar tissue.

“Not only can patients see relief from the symptoms that brought them to me in the first place,” says Dr. Garrett, “but they have the potential to recover faster, with less pain than with a traditional replacement.”

Hip replacement surgery, whether traditional or anterior, is performed to help decrease pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life. It may be recommended if other treatment methods, such as exercise, walking aids or medication, are not effective. High-impact activities, including tennis, basketball and jogging, should be avoided after surgery. Instead, patients can walk, swim or ride a stationary bicycle to increase muscle strength and improve cardiovascular health without injuring their new hip.

North Fulton Hospital strives to provide state of the art medical services so its patients receive the highest quality of care possible, and the Anterior Approach to total hip replacement is one of the newest innovations added to the array of services they can provide. For more information visit http://www.nfultonhospital.com, or for a referral to a provider at North Fulton Hospital that performs the Anterior Approach to hip replacement, call 770-751-2600.

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North Fulton Hospital (NFH), part of Tenet Georgia, is a 202-bed, acute-care hospital located on Highway 9, Alpharetta Highway, in Roswell. Opened in 1983, NFH serves North Fulton and surrounding counties through its team of over 800 employees, 400 staff physicians and 200 volunteers. NFH is a state-designated Level II trauma center and provides a continuum of services through its centers and programs, including neurosciences, women´s health services, orthopedics, rehabilitation, surgical services, gastroenterology and oncology. The hospital is fully accredited and also is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation´s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

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