Anterior hip replacement is gaining popularity, especially among patients with more active lifestyles. This Augusta Chronicle piece tells the story of 74-year-old Merelyn Hendricks, who was not only back on the golf course just four weeks after an anterior hip replacement, but he was moving very well–he shot a 73!
We talk about the advantages of anterior hip replacement in this blog post, but the article offers a few more good points. One of them is the advantage of the patient being able to be on his back during an anterior hip replacement, Dr. Randal Meredith explains in the article:
Going in the front also means patients can lie on their backs during surgery, which makes it a little easier to do the procedure, Meredith said. As he worked to replace a hip recently in an operating room at University Hospital, he was able to mark his progress with X-rays, carefully checking to see whether the replacement parts were snug against the bone, eyeing the size to see if it matched up. Meredith checked the placement against the other hip to see that they were well aligned. In fact, the patient had previously had a hip replacement on the left side that might have left that side a little long, so Meredith’s goal in replacing the right hip was to even that out.
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