Anterior approach hip replacement surgery provides the potential for less tissue disturbance, fewer scars, and a faster recovery period when compared to traditional hip replacement. If you have severe, chronic hip pain and are curious about your options, you’ve come to the right place. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Stephen Raterman, MD at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine was among the first physicians in the country to perform anterior approach hip replacement and stands at the forefront of joint replacement and resurfacing techniques.

Hip replacement surgery is performed to replace damaged or diseased components of the hip ­– a ball-and-socket joint comprised of the femoral head (the “ball”) and the acetabulum (the “socket”) – with artificial prostheses that are designed to mimic natural hip function. There have been countless improvements in the longevity and comfort of hip implants over the past few decades, but Dr. Raterman optimizes the patient experience even further by taking an anterior approach to the procedure.

Anterior joint replacement entails making an incision in the front of the hip instead of the side or the back. This means patients don’t have to worry about sitting on their incision site. Also, an anterior approach does not involve detaching muscles from the bone and can be performed through a relatively small incision, thereby reducing post-operative pain and allowing the patient to return to the activities he or she enjoys as quickly as possible.

Contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Raterman, during which you can learn if you are a candidate for anterior hip replacement surgery. If Dr. Raterman determines that hip replacement is not your ideal course of treatment, he may suggest hip resurfacing, a minimally invasive alternative to total joint replacement.

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