When hip pain is ruling your life, James Mitchell, MD, and the team at Mitchell Hip and Knee provide anterior hip replacement surgery to the community in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Hip pain makes every activity in your life very difficult, especially with arthritis. An anterior hip replacement from Dr. Mitchell allows you to enjoy life again with significantly less pain. To schedule an appointment at Mitchell Hip and Knee, call the office in Oklahoma City today, or book online today!
A hip replacement is a procedure where Dr. Mitchell removes damaged areas of your hip joint and replaces them with prosthetics. This allows your hip to function normally again and typically relieves your pain.
Traditionally, surgeons performed hip replacements through either a posterior or lateral approach. However, these hip replacements caused damage to surrounding tissues and muscles.
Dr. Mitchell performs anterior hip replacement surgery, sometimes called muscle-sparing hip arthroplasty. This allows Dr. Mitchell to make an incision in the front of your hip, avoiding damage to major muscles and tissues near the joint.
You need an anterior hip replacement when your hip causes significant pain and your mobility is compromised. This could be due to many different factors, including:
In most cases, Dr. Mitchell offers conservative measures first to ease your pain and improve your mobility. However, if these treatments don’t work and hip pain continues to affect your life, an anterior hip replacement is necessary.
The anterior approach to a hip replacement usually allows Dr. Mitchell to send you home the same day as your surgery. This is because the procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t require as much downtime as traditional hip replacement surgery.
After you come out of the operating room, you’ll be in recovery for a little while until you’re awake. The team goes over your discharge instructions, and as long as there aren’t any issues, your driver can take you home.
You’ll need to participate in physical therapy soon after surgery to build strength and mobility in your new hip. Dr. Mitchell evaluates you a few weeks after your surgery to see how your recovery is progressing.
Typically, you should be up and moving around like normal within four to six weeks after your procedure. During this time, you’ll need both physical and occupational therapy to help you adjust to your new hip.
Once you’re fully healed, Dr. Mitchell discusses with you what activities to avoid and how to keep your new hip healthy and in good working condition.
To schedule an appointment to discuss an anterior hip replacement, call the office in Oklahoma City today, or request a consultation on the website.