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Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Vanagaram successfully performed first anterior hip replacement successfully on an 80-year-old patient

12 Jun 2017

The Patient, an 80-year-old gentleman was bedridden at home for 15 days. The Patient consulted with Dr. Agilavendhan, Consultant Orthopedician who, after complete evaluation of the Patient chose a minimally invasive approach - Anterior Hip Replacement technique. This technique is relatively new in its new form, so it is important for patients to find an experienced surgeon to perform their procedure who is also skilled in appropriate patient selection

The anterior hip replacement technique allows for a good view of the hip socket and preserves all muscles. Fluoroscopy is required and one does not have to use a specific implant using this approach. Also, patients undergoing the anterior hip replacement often experience a quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay than with other techniques.

Recently, improvements in surgical technique, instrumentation, and patient selection have made the anterior hip replacement a viable option for patients considering hip replacement. Currently, if performed by an experienced surgeon on the properly selected patient, an anterior hip replacement can result in rapid recovery during the weeks after surgery. With the right precautions, patients can prevent dislocation, which may be more common with the posterior hip replacement.

The anterior hip replacement technique allows for a good view of the hip socket and preserves all muscles. Fluoroscopy is required and one does not have to use a specific implant using this approach. Also, patients undergoing the anterior hip replacement often experience a quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay than with other techniques.

Patients, who have implants or metal hardware in the hip from prior surgery, are muscular, those who have a wide pelvis, or who are very obese may not be well-suited for this procedure and if they do undergo it, it may require longer incisions.

 
 
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