Anthony O. Spinnickie, MD.
Q: Why are total hip replacement surgeries
becoming increasingly common?
A: As the population ages and techniques
improve, more people are seeing the benefits of hip
replacement surgery once they’ve exhausted other
methods of pain relief. In fact, over the last two
decades, the number of Americans choosing these
procedures has more than doubled. I have performed
hundreds of total hip replacements with exceptional
results. The method I prefer is known as the anterior
approach and it offers a host of advantages to those
patients who are candidates.
Q: What are some of these advantages?
A: The anterior approach is a minimally
invasive technique that causes little damage to the
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surrounding muscle and tissue, resulting in fewer restrictions and an enhanced recovery. This translates to less
pain, less postsurgical downtime, and greater joint stability than conventional methods. Because we conserve
vital muscles and tendons, we are better able to restore
optimal leg length and minimize the chance of a residual
limp or the risk of hip dislocation, one of the most common complications after a hip replacement.
Q: With all of these benefits, why don’t more sur-
geons perform the anterior approach?
A: There are a number of reasons, but, simply
put, most surgeons have not learned to perform hip
replacements this way and cannot pass the technique on
to orthopedic residents. I was fortunate to have practiced
this technique during my residency and fellowship train-
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