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Hip replacement, also called hip arthroplasty, is a common procedure that involves removing diseased or damaged bony structures in the hip socket and replacing them with new, artificial parts. Anterior hip replacement is usually a minimally invasive procedure, meaning it uses a small incision, placed along the front of the hip.
The orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provide anterior hip replacement in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, and can provide the information you need to have a successful procedure and recovery.
Our St. Rose Dominican Siena Campus earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Hip Replacements, which means our program meets or exceeds the highest standards in the field. To learn more, take our quick joint pain assessment and find an orthopedic surgeon today.
In general, a hip replacement is done to restore function to your hip joint. The anterior approach involves making an incision on the front of your hip, which avoids disrupting muscle tissue that normally stabilizes the hip. This minimally invasive approach typically results in less pain and a faster recovery. An anterior incision is also easier to care for after surgery because you can see it better than an incision on your buttock or the side of your hip.
You may be a candidate for anterior hip replacement if:
Anterior hip replacement is typically performed in a hospital and requires a stay of one or two nights. Most hip replacement procedures are performed under general anesthesia, although some surgeons will allow patients to have regional anesthesia (nerve block) instead, which thoroughly numbs the surgical area without putting you to sleep.
Anterior hip replacement surgery takes a few hours to complete. Afterward, you will wake up in a recovery area, where you will spend an hour or two before being transferred to a hospital room on our orthopedic floor, and specially trained nurses will monitor your care. St. Rose Dominican believes early mobilization is key to getting you home safely and quickly. You can expect to be assisted out of bed a few hours after you arrive in your room. Group therapy sessions begin the morning after your procedure.
Most people go home within a couple days of their anterior hip replacement surgery. St. Rose Dominican conducts a preoperative class you will attend before coming to the hospital for your procedure. In the class, we will provide you with detailed information about what you can expect after surgery and how to prepare your home environment for recovery.
You will go home with a walker and will need assistance to perform activities of daily living for several days after you get home. Before you leave the hospital, you will be given written instructions concerning medications, incision care, physical/occupational therapy, activities, home equipment, home health services, contact phone numbers, when to follow up with your surgeon, etc.
Please feel free to contact the St. Rose Dominican Joint Program Coordinator with any questions after you get home.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides anterior hip replacement care in southern Nevada through our orthopedic services and joint replacement program.