Dr. Bonenberger with Mike.
Between 2000 and 2010 the number of hip replacement procedures in America more than doubled, from 138,700 in 2000 to 310,800 in 2010. As of today, more than 2.5 million Americans live with at least one artificial hip.
Hip replacement surgery, also known as hip arthroplasty, replaces an ailing hip joint with an artificial one. The hip joint is made up of the head of the thigh bone (femur) which fits into a cavity in the pelvis, called the acetabulum. The bones are held together by protective tissue, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Fluid within the joint allows the bones to glide smoothly over one another.
In anterior approach hip replacement surgery, the surgeon uses a smaller incision through the front of the hip, instead of through the side or back, as is done in traditional hip replacement surgery. This surgical technique enables the surgeon to operate between the muscles and connective tissue without severing them from the hip or femur bones.
As a result of the anterior approach total hip replacement procedure, and the muscles spared as the hip is replaced, many patients are eligible to have the surgery performed in an outpatient setting, meaning they can return home later the same day as the surgery.