Direct Anterior Hip Replacements
Dr. Hudanich uses the Stryker hip implants, designed to enable the artificial joint to move much like a normal, healthy joint. A THR, total hip replacement procedure is designed for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease of the hip.
What is Hip Replacement?
Hip replacement surgery is a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant, also called a hip prosthesis. Hip replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi replacement.
What is a Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement?
Total hip replacement surgery or THR involves the removal of arthritic bone ends and damaged cartilage by replacing them with hip implants that are designed to replicate the hip joint.
A direct anterior total hip replacement is a minimally invasive surgery. An anterior approach means that it is an approach to the front of the hip joint as opposed to a lateral or side approach to the hip or posterior or back approach. During surgery, the femur, or head of the thigh bone, and the acetabulum, or hip socket, are replaced. Typically, the artificial ball with its stem is made of a strong metal, and the artificial socket is made of polyethylene, a durable plastic. Hip replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi replacement.
By performing a minimally invasive surgical approaches such as the Direct Anterior Approach, DAA, rehabilitation is accelerated and your total hospital time is decreased because the hip is replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur. This technique may be associated with reduced muscle damage and pain, as well as faster post-operative recovery.
Stryker offers market-leading hip replacement implants for total hip arthroplasty including our primary and revision portfolios designed to offer you a wide variety of implants, instrumentation and muscle-sparing surgical approach options.Please click here to visit Total Hip Replacement with Stryker for direct anterior hip replacements website page for more information.
Total hip replacement, THR, through a direct anterior approach, DAA, has a drastically reduced incidence-of hip dislocation and has the benefit of not having to endure the annoying hip precautions after surgery such as not being able to cross your legs or pick things up off of the floor.
Additional helpful information provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons