The latest advances in total hip joint replacement surgery are practiced by Stephen Raterman, MD of Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and a pioneer of anterior approach hip replacement, Dr. Raterman has a unique level of experience helping people regain their mobility and range of motion through innovative, minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Total hip replacement may be a suitable treatment option for adults with severe arthritis, dysplasia, avascular neurosis, and other conditions that have left them unable to move without intense discomfort. It is generally only considered after conservative treatment options have been tried without success, such as physical therapy and pharmaceuticals.

In a hip replacement procedure, the damaged and worn components of the hip – a “ball-and-socket” joint – are removed and replaced with artificial prostheses. Medical advances in recent years have reduced the invasiveness of these procedures, but Dr. Raterman improves upon traditional surgical methods even further by taking an anterior approach to treatment. This approach disturbs less healthy muscle and tissue than conventional hip replacement techniques, providing the potential for a streamlined recovery, less post-surgical pain, and overall improved results.

If you are living with extreme hip pain or dysfunction and conservative treatments have failed to improve your symptoms, consider consulting with Dr. Raterman at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. Dr. Raterman and our staff understand how frustrating chronic pain can be, and we realize the prospect of total hip joint replacement may feel overwhelming. That’s why, as our patient, you can be assured that Dr. Raterman will carefully evaluate your condition, review your treatment options, and walk you through every step of the surgical and rehabilitation process. Certain patients may be candidates for hip resurfacing – a relatively new procedure that is even less invasive than anterior hip replacement.

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