Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged hip joint with an artificial hip joint. This replacement implant creates a smooth surface so the joint can once again function normally. Hip replacement surgery usually results in a reduction of pain and stiffness. The prosthetic joint can last as long as 20 years. Surgeon training and experience, patient anatomy, surgical history, and implant choices help the surgeon to recommend the most appropriate option.
- Anterior Hip Replacement– The University of Tennessee Medical Center was the first to offer anterior hip replacements in East Tennessee. We have done more than 2,200 anterior hip replacements since the program began.Anterior hip replacement is a minimally invasive approach that allows the surgeon to access the hip joint from the front of the hip. In this approach, the hip is replaced by working between the muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones. The Advanced Orthopaedic Center uses state-of-the-art Hana fracture tables, designed specifically for anterior approach, which allow for better positioning and access to the joint. This results in a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, reduced pain and more normal function after hip replacement.
- Posterior Hip Replacement– The posterior approach to total hip replacement is done through the back of the hip. This alternative treatment option may be a better solution for certain patients, and your physician will help you determine which is best for you.