A New Approach to Hip Replacement

If you suffer with arthritis, hip pain, stiffness, or limited hip movement, you may be a candidate for anterior hip replacement, a surgical procedure offered at New London Hospital. It is less invasive than traditional hip replacement in that the surgeon is able to approach the hip from the front instead of the side or back, eliminating the need to cut through muscle tissue. There are many benefits of this new approach: the patient experiences less pain and faster recovery; less pain medication is needed; the risk of dislocation is reduced; and little or no physical therapy is required. If you feel you may benefit from this new surgical approach to hip replacement, speak with your primary care provider

Here’s what Suzanne G of Grantham had to say about her experience:

“Eight years ago, I began noticing pain in my hip. It worsened until it reached the point where simple things like putting on socks or getting into a car became too difficult. Three years ago, a physician friend told me about the anterior approach to hip replacement. Since then, I’d been researching and studying this procedure.

Coincidentally, I saw an ad from New London Hospital about this new form of hip replacement. Dr. Gary Jones would be speaking and answering questions from the community. My husband and I took advantage of this opportunity and we were very impressed with Dr. Jones’ description of the surgery. He answered questions clearly and presented anterior hip replacement as an option for patients to explore with their physicians.

The day after the seminar I made an appointment to see Dr. Jones. An x-ray revealed osteoarthritis. Dr. Jones agreed I’d be a good candidate for anterior hip replacement and the procedure was scheduled.

Everyone I encountered at New London Hospital was wonderful. Those who conducted my pre-op testing, those who administered my anesthesia and the nurses who cared for me afterwards all made me feel I was in good hands. My surgery took about one hour and I stayed overnight. The next day, I actually walked to the nurses’ station without any assisting devices. I saw a physical therapist who demonstrated exercises which I tried with and without a cane. I was home by 2:00 pm.

My friends and visitors were amazed at my progress. I walked and exercised for two weeks, then went to see Dr. Jones for a follow-up appointment. I was discharged from his care and told that I could resume normal activities at a moderate pace. I experienced very little pain which was alleviated with aspirin or Tylenol.

I’d ordinarily expect that this type of advanced surgery would be available only at big city hospitals. I was delighted to discover that our community hospital offers the finest in surgical advancements and quality care. We’re fortunate to be able to enjoy a rural lifestyle without sacrificing anything in the way of medical or surgical necessities.”

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