Over the past 5 years a major advance in the surgical approach to performing a hip replacement has been developed and is known as an anterior hip replacement. In addition to remaining minimally invasive, this approach avoids cutting any major muscle groups. The incision is placed over the front of the upper thigh and avoids lateral hip pain when sleeping on one’s side.
What are the advantages?
- No muscle cutting, allowing improved hip strength after surgery
- Lowest dislocation rate compared to all previous approaches
- Improved leg lengths-allows more accurate equalization of leg lengths.
- No restrictions after surgery –sitting, crawling, stooping is allowed with no postoperative limitations.
- No restriction on weight bearing or exercises
- Reduction in postoperative pain
- Decreased hospital stay and a quicker recovery.
If you are suffering with arthritis, hip pain and stiffness you can now choose anterior hip replacement surgery. Dr. James Ramser with Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center is one of the few physicians who performs this surgery routinely in Virginia. Call our joint replacement specialists for more information today at (540) 347-9220 (Warrenton location) (703) 743-2814 (Gainesville location) to schedule an appointment or visit www.broava.com for more information.
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When knee pain becomes too unbearable for treatments like medication or a walking cane, knee replacement surgery is often the next step.
A knee replacement brings pain relief and an improved quality of life to patients suffering from injuries or arthritis. New research indicates that the benefits could go much further.
A study recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests that knee replacements improve health and life expectancy. The study examined some 135,000 patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee from 1997-2009. Some 54,000 of the patients opted for knee replacement.
The results, according to the New York Times Well Blog:
Three years after diagnosis, the knee replacement patients had an 11 percent lower risk of heart failure. And after seven years, their risk of dying for any reason was 50 percent lower.
While experts aren’t ready to accept the study’s findings completely, the results support similar knee replacement studies done in Scandinavia. Continues the blog:
Given the big numbers in the study and the size of the effect, the data strongly suggest that knee replacement may lead to improvements in health and longevity.
If knee pain is reducing your quality of life, knee replacement surgery may be an option. To speak to one of the joint specialists @ Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center please call 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2841 (Gainesville location) or visit www.broava.com for more information on the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center. Most insurances are accepted!
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to examine and often treat damaged joints. The benefit of an arthroscopy over conventional open surgery is that the joint does not have to be completely opened up. This article from KRAMES staywell (http://ssov3.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Conditions/Orthopedics/Conditions/Hip/85,P00903) tells us the joints most frequently examined by arthroscopy, what arthroscopic surgery entails and conditions commonly associated with arthroscopy.
Joints frequently examined –
What does arthroscopic surgery commonly entail –
- General, local, or spinal anesthetic is dispensed
- Small incision is made in the patient’s skin
- Arthroscope (Small tube that consists of lenses, video, and light) is inserted through the incision
- Other incisions may be made to introduce other small grasping, probing, or cutting tools
- Corrective surgery, if required, may be executed during the initial diagnostic procedure
- Bandages or dressings may be applied to the postoperative area
Conditions most commonly found with arthroscopy
- Inflammation in the lining of the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist or ankle
- Injuries – Rotator cuff tendon tears, impingement syndrome, frequent dislocations in the shoulder, cartilage tears, wearing or injury of cartilage cushions, and ligament tears with instability in the knee
- Carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist
- Pieces of loose bone or cartilage (commonly found in the knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, or wrist)
The benefit of an arthroscopy over conventional open surgery is that the joint does not have to be completely opened up. Only two small incisions are made – one for the arthroscope and one for the surgical instruments to be used in the knee cavity. Having arthroscopic surgery significantly reduces recovery time and less scarring occurs than with a typical open surgery. In most cases arthroscopic procedures can be done on an outpatient basis.
At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, we recognize that painful joints can interfere with your sleep, limit daily mobility, or keep you from participating in activities you love. If managing your joint pain is no longer working, our team of joint replacement specialists can help by replacing all or part of your problem joint. Please contact a joint specialist today @ 540.347.9220 or visit www.broava.com for more information.
Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center Offers Comprehensive Care for Patients throughout Northern Virginia.
Whether you need to be seen for an ankle sprain, a shoulder injury, or a complicated spinal procedure, we are here for you. Our goal is to treat each and every patient with the highest standard of care and help you achieve the most desirable outcome.
Founded in 1975, our team comprises of physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, registered dietitians, massage therapists, and other health care professionals with a single goal: get you back to good health!
To schedule an appointment –
Warrenton Office- 540.347.9220
Gainesville Office-703.743.2814 or visit our website @ www.broava.com for more information on the services we offer.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a disease that causes the cartilage in your joints to break down. Cartilage is a smooth substance that protects the ends of your bones and helps your joints move. Osteoarthritis becomes more common as people get older.
Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, with women tending to get it in their hands. Weight-bearing joints, such as the hip and knee, are often affected in both men and women. Some of the more common symptoms of this disease include:
- Joint pain and stiffness. Long periods of rest or using a joint too long or too hard can make pain and stiffness worse.
- Weak muscles or wobbly joints.
- Joints that have lost normal shape and motion.
If Surgery Is Needed
For people with severe joint damage, surgery can decrease pain and improve movement. Joint replacement is the most common surgery used to treat osteoarthritis. Joints in the knee, hip, and shoulder are replaced most often.
To diagnose osteoarthritis, your doctor will ask about your health history and perform an exam. X-rays may also be needed. At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, we understand that painful joints can interfere with your sleep, limit daily mobility, or keep you from participating in activities you love. If managing your joint pain is no longer working, our team of joint replacement specialists can help by replacing all or part of your problem joint. For more information on osteoarthritis, please contact the joint specialists of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center @ 540-347-9220 or visit our website to learn more about the comprehensive services we offer – www.broava.com.