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A patient is fully sedated. To access the hip, the surgeon makes one cut on the outside of the hip. The surgeon works through the intervals in the muscles, leaving the important gluteal muscles that connect the pelvis and femur undisturbed. With the muscles remaining intact, they will remain stronger to hold the hip joint in place. Once the muscles are moved aside, the surgeon can remove the ball of the femur and build the new ball and socket joint.
One incision is made on the front of the hip.
Patients will normally stay two to three days in the hospital. Physical therapy will be prescribed to help you regain use of your mobility.
Most patients feel better after the first week, but you should limit activities to your physician’s recommendations. Full recovery takes up to two months, but even then you should refrain from strenuous sports. Your doctor can advise you on what activities would help you regain your strength.
Orthopaedic surgeons at Wake Orthopaedics perform the anterior approach to total hip replacement surgery at WakeMed. Please call Wake Orthopaedics at 919-232-5020 for information about total hip replacement procedures, including the anterior approach.
For additional information about orthopaedic specialists, call WakeMed Doctor Choice at 919-350-8900 or search online
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