SEATTLE, Jan. 22, 2009 -- Traditional hip replacement surgery typically results in a six- to eight-inch incision and a hospital stay of three days. However, a relatively new (at least in the United States) surgical option -- called anterior approach hip replacement -- is available at some hospitals, including Swedish Medical Center/Ballard in northwest Seattle.
With the anterior approach, the surgeon uses one small incision on the front (anterior) of a hip. This technique -- along with the use of a special surgical table -- allows the surgeon to work between muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones, sparing these tissues from trauma and a lengthy healing process. Keeping these muscles intact may also help prevent dislocations. Since not everyone is a candidate for this surgical option, people who are interested in it or have questions should ask their physician about it.
The orthopedic surgeon who performs anterior approach hip replacement surgery at Swedish/Ballard is Philip R. Downer, M.D.
For more information about this surgery or to contact Dr. Downer, call 206-784-8833.
For more information about anterior approach hip replacement surgery -- including patient testimonial videos -- visit www.hipreplacement.com, which is sponsored by DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company.
To read the transcript of -- as well as watch and hear the video from -- a related story KING Television (channel 5; NBC) aired on Jan. 21, for which Dr. Downer and one of his local anterior approach patients were interviewed, click here.
And to read a related article recently published in the Ballard News-Tribune, click here.