Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery offered at the Centegra Hip & Knee Replacement Center is changing the lives of patients who suffer from hip pain. Dr. John Daniels, an orthopedic surgeon with Crystal Lake Orthopedics and medical director of the center, performs anterior hip replacement at Centegra Hospital-McHenry.
Daniels said adults should consider hip replacement surgery when conservative treatments such as physical therapy, medication and injections are no longer easing hip pain. When patients tell him their pain makes it difficult to put their shoes and socks on or it’s keeping them awake at night, he explains how surgery can help.
“The location of the pain is normally in the front of the hip radiating toward the knee and people tend to start limping quite a bit,” Daniels said. “If you’re having those symptoms it’s likely you have a hip problem and should see your orthopedic surgeon.”
The anterior hip replacement surgery is unique because the incision is on the front of the hip and none of the muscles are divided. Just minutes after the surgery begins, the surgeon is able to view the hip and begin the joint replacement.
“By not cutting any of the muscles we’re able to provide the patient a new joint without really disrupting any of the normal anatomy,” Daniels said. “This allows patients to recover faster, with less pain and a shorter stay in the hospital.”
After surgery, an anesthesiology team keeps patients comfortable using state-of-the-art pain management techniques. Within just a few days, patients are ready to leave the hospital.