More than 200,000 people across the United States have hip replacement surgeries each year. Unfortunately, for some, this is a long process that requires lengthy rehabilitation and recovery.
Hip replacement surgery candidates in eastern Kentucky now have a surgery option from which recovery is much shorter and easier — a noninvasive procedure called Anterior Hip Replacement surgery.
Dr. Kevin Pugh, an orthopedic surgeon at Pikeville Medical Center, has gone through extensive training to offer the state-ofthe art surgery to hip-replacement patients.
“This procedure significantly cuts the time of recovery and allows patients to get back on their feet more quickly,” Dr. Pugh said. “It really doesn’t get any better than this when it comes to hip replacement surgery.”
Pikeville Medical Center is the first hospitial in the region to offfer the new surgery. The Anterior Hip Replacement procedure offers many benefits to patients: less pain; reduced hospital stay; smaller incision (four to five inches as opposed to 10 to 12 inches); and faster recovery (twi to eight weeks as opposed to 2 to 4 months).
The procedure allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the side or back. This allows the hip to be replaced without cutting muscles or tendons, which allows for a quicker recovery and less pain.
“This technique will allow our patients to recover more quickly and achieve a more active lifestyle following hip replacement,” Dr. Pugh said. “By avoiding muscle detachment, patients are able to perform more normal activities without the restrictions placed by traditional hip replacement surgery.”
Pikeville Medical Center recently purchased the state-of-the-art HANA Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Table, the only devise capable of performing the prodedure.
With its unique capability to position the leg, the HANA enables the surgeon to replace the hip through a single incision, and the table allows hyperextension, adduction and external rotation of the hip for femoral component placement – a positioning option not possible with conventional tables. The lack of disturbance to soft tissues provides immediate stability of the hip after surgery.