St. Francis is the first hospital in central Nebraska to offer anterior hip replacement—a new approach that may offer patients less pain and a faster recovery.
Traditional hip surgery is done from the back through the buttock muscles. During anterior hip replacement, the surgeon replaces the hip joint through a minimal incision in the front of the hip. This allows the doctor to move muscles in order to replace the hip, rather than cut through them. The result is less damage to the tissue and a faster recovery time.
Patients who have this procedure typically have less pain, and they can be up and moving immediately after surgery. This can lessen the risk of complications and shorten hospital stays. Because muscles aren’t cut in anterior hip replacement, those muscles can better support the new hip. Patients don’t have the restriction of movement that is necessary with the traditional procedure.
Anterior hip replacement requires special equipment including a special surgical table, which was made possible in part by the St. Francis Foundation.