Is Joint Replacement Right for You?
When pain affects your lifestyle, you should talk to your doctor or seek a referral to one of the orthopedic specialists on the Baylor Scott & White – McKinney medical staff to determine if joint replacement is right for you. Your doctor may first try conservative treatments, including:
- Medications to reduce inflammation
- Walking aids
- Physical therapy and exercise
You may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery if:
- Conservative treatments do not relieve symptoms
- Pain or limited range of motion affects daily activities
- You avoid using the affected joint
Younger patients with hip joint damage may be a candidate for a procedure called hip resurfacing, which leaves more bone intact than a total joint replacement.
If you are older and worried about joint replacement surgery, talk to your doctor. Research has shown that even if you are older, joint replacement can restore movement and help you feel better. In fact, studies show that patients over 55 who have had total knee and total joint replacement surgeries still function well after 20 years.
Anterior Hip Replacement
A New Route to a New Hip
For many people who suffer from arthritis, hip pain, stiffness and/or limited hip movement, the only option for relief is a conventional total hip replacement done through the posterior (back) or lateral (side) of the body.
At Baylor Scott & White – McKinney, we believe in options. That’s why we offer anterior hip replacement, a proven, minimally invasive technique that usually minimizes pain and the time from surgery to recovery.
Anterior hip replacement offers many potential benefits:
- It allows the surgeon to get to the hip joint from the front of the hip rather than having to cut and then reattach muscles around the hip as in the conventional approach.
- In the anterior approach, an orthopedic surgeon reaches the hip by working through natural openings between muscles. By not having to cut the muscles, there is usually decreased pain and healing time.
- With a conventional approach, typically there are strict precautions for hip movement, which can slow down recovery. With the anterior approach, patients are allowed to bend their hip freely post-operatively and can bear full weight as soon as comfortable. This usually results in a more rapid return to normal function.
- The HANA® operating table makes it easier to access the hip through a small, soft-tissue-preserving incision.
Baylor Scott & White – McKinney offers board certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists on its medical staff and quality equipment and technology. With the anterior hip replacement, we combine all of those to create a new and improved total hip surgery that provides improved results and quality of life.