SEATTLE, June 4, 2008 -- When debilitating pain and stiffness in a person's hip limits their daily activities, it might be time for a total hip replacement. The development of total hip replacement started more than 40 years ago. In 2006, over 270,000 people in the United States underwent conventional hip replacement surgery to relieve pain and stiffness and restore mobility. Today, there are numerous options in hip replacement surgery.
One such alternative to the traditional procedure is called anterior approach hip replacement surgery, which uses a smaller incision and is thought to reduce the risk of dislocation later on.
Swedish Orthopedic Institute-affiliated surgeon Philip Downer, M.D., who performs anterior approach hip replacement surgery at Swedish/Ballard, is one of just a small handful of orthopedic surgeons in the area offering it. With the frontal approach, use of a special table allows Downer to rotate the patient so he can insert both parts of the hip implant through a single incision, sparing hip muscles.
To read an article on anterior approach hip replacement surgery published in the June 4 issue of the Ballard News-Tribune (BNT), click here.
And to read a related letter to the editor published in the June 11 issue of the BNT, click here.