Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Surgery in Louisville, KY
Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic is pleased to have Madhu R. Yakkanti, M.D., on our growing team of esteemed orthopedic specialists. Dr. Yakkanti is among a select few orthopedic surgeons who specialize in anterior approach hip replacement—a less invasive take on traditional hip replacement surgery. If you would like to consult with a board-certified orthopedic specialist regarding your hip pain and what treatment options may be available to you, consider speaking with Dr. Yakkanti and our team at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic.
What Does Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Involve?
Anterior approach hip replacement surgery is an innovation in joint replacement that allows the damaged components of the hip to be removed and replaced without detaching any tendons. It involves making an incision on the front (anterior) of the hip instead of the side or back, as is the case in traditional procedures. This positioning often permits for a smaller incision and less disturbance to healthy tissues during the operation.
When compared to traditional hip replacement surgeries, anterior approach hip replacement offers several potential benefits. These can include:
- A shorter stay in the hospital
- Less muscle trauma and related pain
- A faster recovery, in many cases
- Reduced likelihood of hip dislocation
It’s important to note that hip replacement surgery in general is recognized as a highly successful procedure that can significantly enhance quality of life for people with severe and complex joint conditions. The best surgical approach for your case will vary on your condition, symptoms, and other individualized factors.
Who Is a Candidate for Hip Replacement Surgery?
Joint replacement surgery—even minimally invasive anterior approach hip replacement—is rarely a patient’s first course of treatment. At Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, we take a conservative approach to joint pain treatment that focuses on addressing symptoms through nonsurgical methods when possible.
Nevertheless, hip replacement surgery is sometimes a patient’s most viable treatment option. You may be a candidate for traditional or anterior approach hip replacement surgery if your pain:
- Does not improve or worsens with conservative treatments like physical therapy, injections, and medication
- Persists even while you are at rest, day or night
- Is accompanied by stiffness that makes it difficult to move your leg
- Severely impacts your ability to do everyday activities, such as standing up or walking
We’re Ready to Assist You
The thought of undergoing joint replacement surgery can be overwhelming. At Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, we understand. That’s why Dr. Yakkanti and the rest of our medical professionals carefully walk our patients through all of their treatment options, answer their questions, and help them make fully informed decisions about their care.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of anterior approach hip replacement surgery and whether it’s right for you, we encourage you to contact Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic today. You can visit our Louisville location in person, or you may consult with us using our telemedicine service if you prefer. We look forward to helping you achieve your best joint health.