Zip Through Your Hip Surgery

Hip replacement surgery is fairly common, especially with patients who have severe and painful arthritis or with patients being treated for a hip fracture.

close up of woman holding her back with a zipper attached to her hipWho needs hip replacement surgery?

One common reason is when a patient has arthritis of the hip, caused by the underlying bone developing spurs and irregularities which can cause pain and loss of motion. During hip replacement surgery, the bone spurs and irregularities are removed, relieving the pain and restoring normal function.

There are two surgical approaches to hip replacement, anterior (through the front of the hip) and posterior (through the back of the hip).

The posterior approach has typically been the most commonly used method and allows the surgeon excellent visibility of the joint and is minimally invasive. However, the recovery time is longer.

The anterior hip replacement is also minimally invasive, with an accelerated recovery and requires a shorter hospital stay.

How do I know if I need a hip replacement?

The main reason for having hip replacement surgery is to alleviate the pain and stiffness that has not been successfully treated by other methods. The pain and stiffness can affect your ability to walk, to climb stairs, to get out of a chair and to undertake normal everyday household activities.

It is when painkillers and exercises have stopped helping that it is time to think about hip replacement surgery.

Who can I talk to about hip replacement surgery?

Dr. Allen Van is an experienced surgeon performing total and partial hip replacements right here at Perry Memorial Hospital, including minimally invasive anterior hip replacements. He is also a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who corrects spinal stenosis, herniated discs and sciatica. Pain management and physical therapy are also part of the suite of treatments available.

How can I reach the Perry Memorial Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic?

Call 815-876-3033 to schedule an appointment or visit the Perry Memorial Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic webpage.