The anterior approach for total hip replacement is a minimally-invasive procedure to replace damaged bone and cartilage of the hip socket using a small incision on the front of the hip instead of the side or back. Unlike the traditional approach for total hip replacement, the anterior approach does not involve detaching the muscles from the hip bone. As less muscles are disrupted, patients receive the benefit of an enhanced, early recovery after surgery compared to traditional hip replacement and a greatly reduced chance of dislocation. Surgeons are able to place the hip prosthetic and establish leg lengths accurately, resulting in very little limp and a more natural range of movement.
At Arthritis & Total Joint Replacements, our physicians are world-renowned anterior hip replacement surgeons. Most patients are candidates for this procedure.
Arthritis & Total Joint Specialists is committed to providing the full spectrum of conservative, non-surgical treatment of all arthritic and orthopedic conditions. We commit to exploring all options with you, allowing you to make a sound decision about your health and mobility.
Prior to pursuing surgical options, Arthritis & Total Joint Specialists’ team focuses on treatment options to maintain mobility and limit pain. Based on the patient’s individual goals, those options typically include a combination of:
For patients suffering from severe degenerative joint disease of the knee, Arthritis & Total Joint Specialists offers total knee replacement surgery, in which the damaged cartilage is removed from the knee joint. Prostheses are then placed in up to three surfaces in the knee joint depending on the severity of the arthritis.
Your doctor may recommend a total knee replacement if:
A partial knee replacement is surgery to replace either the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) parts of the knee, and replaces only the damaged parts. Severe arthritis pain is the most common reason to have a knee replacement, and your doctor may recommend one if pain prevents you from doing daily activities and persists despite other treatments.
Your doctor may recommend a partial knee replacement if:
Arthritis and Total Joint Specialists works in collaboration with the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (NHCI) to diagnose and treat tumors of the bone including bone metastases, osteosarcomas, bone malignancies and pathologic fractures. Dr. Don Beringer, a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in orthopedic oncology and serves as the medical director for the NHCI Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program.
MAKOplasty is an innovative, minimally-invasive solution designed for those suffering with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, and allows your surgeon to treat your condition with a new level of accuracy and precision. If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for the MAKOplasty procedure, you will have a CT scan performed to provide the surgeon with a 3D model of your hip or knee.
Our surgeons then use this information to plan your surgery based on your unique anatomy.
Browse the options below to learn more about our robotic procedures:
Shoulder replacement accounts for less than 10% of all joint replacements done each year but provides excellent pain relief and mobility in patients suffering from disabling arthritis of the shoulder. Standard shoulder replacement is a procedure in which the damaged cartilage of the upper end of the humerus bone as well as the socket (glenoid) is re-surfaced with components made of highly polished metal and specialized plastic (polyethylene). An incision is made in the front of the shoulder and the procedure takes just over one hour. Almost all patients are able to go home within 24 hours and many now have shoulder replacement in the outpatient setting. The recovery occurs in stages and includes approximately 6 weeks using a sling with several visits to physical therapy to accelerate recovery. Patients are expected to reach a higher level of mobility, engaging in recreation and daily activities with much less pain.
When arthritis of the shoulder is associated with rotator cuff tears, Reverse Shoulder Replacement is now a reasonable option to consider. The surgical steps and recovery process are similar but the ball and socket is replaced by a device that is designed to account for the loss of rotator cuff muscle The vast majority of shoulder problems can be managed without surgery, but shoulder replacement is an option for shoulder arthritis when non-operative measures fail to provide relief. Keep in mind that accelerated and problem-free recovery from shoulder replacement requires a dedicated and specialized surgery center with preparation in advance to reduce risk and optimize health before surgery.