The traditional hip replacement is a highly successful operation, where a great number of people have regained mobility and quality of life. However, as with all operations the recovery is often quite demanding on the patient, and requires good pain control and plenty of physiotherapy to keep patients mobile in the those early stages.
The Anterior approach is an innovative technique to hip surgery. Whereas the more traditional method require the surgeon to access the hip joint along the side of the leg, requiring muscles to be cut for access to the hip joint, the anterior approach takes a different path. Unlike the traditional method this technique allows the surgeon to work between the muscle and tissues without detaching them from either the pelvis or the thigh bone. The potential is therefore to speed up recovery and mobility whilst reducing pain. This has enormous benefits to the patient with a reduced hospital stay and potentially shorter recovery period.
At Spire Cardiff hospital we combine the anterior approach with our enhanced recovery after surgery programme. Enhanced recovery prepares the patient for both the surgical experience and discharge prior to the event. It involves a lighter anaesthesia and more individualised pain relief to enable patient to mobile faster post operatively.
Mr Maheson says ‘ This new technique has made a significant difference to the recovery of patients, and combined with the Enhanced recovery program patients usually return to normal activity quicker than previously. As a surgeon this technique has made a considerable difference to my practice’.
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