Muscle-Sparing Anterior Hip Replacement
Palmdale Regional Medical Center offers anterior hip replacement, which is an improved technique for hip replacement that was introduced to the Antelope Valley by orthopedic surgeon Alon Antebi, DO.
Hip Replacement with Less Pain
The anterior approach to hip replacement, which means surgery from the front rather than the back, has gained favor among orthopedic surgeons as well as their patients. Entering from the front eliminates the need to cut the gluteus maximus, the largest muscle in the body, and can make healing faster and less painful. A specialized hana® table helps position the patient, enabling the surgeon to operate through a single incision.
“The anterior approach is less invasive,” says Dr. Antebi. “Rather than cutting the muscle, we move it out of the way. So we see less soft tissue damage, less risk for dislocation and less risk for leg length discrepancies.” Dr. Antebi says he also uses multimodal medication therapy prior to surgery to further reduce pain for his patients.
Freedom from Post-op Restrictions
Another benefit of anterior hip replacement is a faster recovery. Rehabilitation starts right after surgery, when patients are encouraged to stand and walk as soon as 45 minutes afterward. “Because the muscle is not cut during the anterior approach, less anesthesia is used, there’s less bleeding and less risk of infection, which all helps patients get up and become active sooner,” says Dr. Antebi. “Once they do, they’re not limited like those who undergo hip replacement the traditional way.”
According to Dr. Antebi, there are virtually no restrictions after this surgery. “You can bend over, sit down and sleep any way you want to without the need for a pillow between your knees,” he says. “This is highly advanced orthopedic treatment, right here in Palmdale.”