Inova's orthopedic surgeons are experts at hip replacement surgery. We offer anterior hip replacement, performed from the front of the hip rather than the back to preserve muscle and improve recovery. We also perform minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, which reduces the amount of trauma to the hip's surround tissues, nerves and ligaments.
Hip resurfacing preserves more of your body’s natural bone structure and stability than traditional total hip replacements. This special technique can make a difference in your activity level post surgery and can potentially return you to a more physically active lifestyle. Hip resurfacing is not right for everyone. Talk to your orthopedic surgeon about this option.
Through the use of a specially-designed table for anterior approach hip replacements, surgeons are able to reach the hip joint from the front of the patient rather than the side or back. With a smaller incision and minimal muscle disruption, this type of joint replacement helps the patient heal within a few weeks instead of the traditional two- to four-month recovery.
“This state-of-the-art table will change how hip replacements are performed,” says William Hamilton, MD, chairman, orthopedics, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. “This anterior approach helps lessen pain and swelling, and helps the patient heal quickly. Patients who have had this procedure can walk the night of their surgery and usually leave the hospital the very next morning.” Benefits of anterior-approach hip replacement procedures include:
- Less trauma to hip and leg muscles
- Shorter hospital stays
- Smaller incisions
- Quicker recovery
- Less pain