Don’t let your hip pain prevent you from engaging in the physical activities that you love. Contact an orthopaedic hip specialist today for a full diagnosis of your condition and to discuss treatment options. Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery may be the best option for you.
Anterior Total Hip Replacement Procedure
Dr. Botero performs an anterior muscle sparing total hip replacement that he learned during his fellowship training at Rush University Medical Center under the tutelage of his mentor Dr. Richard Berger, a pioneer in minimally invasive joint replacement surgery.
Dr. Botero replaces the arthritic hip joint without cutting muscles or tendons and without dislocating the hip, a common practice with traditional hip replacement surgery. During surgery, Dr. Botero makes a 4 to 5-inch incision just to the front of the hip bone. Through this incision, the hip joint is exposed using a natural existing space without the need for cutting any muscles or tendons. Dr. Botero then removes the femoral head, while avoiding dislocating the hip joint. Once the femoral head has been removed, a special shaving instrument is carefully used to remove arthritic bone and prepare the acetabulum. The acetabulum (also known as “the socket part of the hip joint”) is now ready.
With the acetabulum now ready, a titanium socket prosthesis is secured with a very tight fit. This new socket is further secured with two screws inside the bone. Dr. Botero places a polyethylene liner inside the new socket for an exact fit. This “new” liner is what replaces the previously worn out cartilage allowing for the smooth function of the new hip replacement.
Fitting the Prosthesis
With the socket now in place, Dr. Botero prepares the thigh bone with use of broaches that help make space for the titanium stem prosthesis. Once the proper steps have been taken for the thigh bone, the titanium stem is secured in the bone for a tight fit. Checking for the perfect fit, stability, motion and exact length Dr. Botero uses a set of trial heads before securing the new ceramic head on top of the titanium stem.
With the final prosthesis in place, Dr. Botero washes the hip joint with an antiseptic solution to prevent infection. Before closing the hip joint, Dr. Botero uses a special injection that is placed into multiple locations inside the hip. This injection helps reduce postoperative pain and overall swelling. On average, the entire surgery takes just over an hour.
After Total Hip Replacement Surgery
After surgery, our patients recover first in a recovery room and then a hospital room at the joint replacement center (a specialized wing of the hospital dedicated solely for hip and knee replacement patients). Within a few hours from surgery, the patient is walking down the hallway, goes up and down a flight of stairs, and goes in and out of a car simulator. The majority of Dr. Botero’s patients are cleared to go home the same day or the very next morning after surgery.
Dr. Botero performs minimally invasive total hip replacement surgery at the outpatient surgery center that allows for a more personalized episode of care for the patient. Patients have their surgery and go home the same day, completely avoiding the need for a hospital visit or overnight stay, unlike traditional hip replacement surgery.
Who can Benefit from Hip Replacement Surgery?
Hip replacement surgery can be a great option for patients in a variety of situations. Here are some of the symptoms that may necessitate a minimally invasive hip replacement procedure:
- Intense or recurring pain in the hip
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Trouble exercising or engaging in physical activities
- Decreased quality of life as a result of these factors
Acute injury to the hip can result in these symptoms, but the most common cause is arthritis and related symptoms that develop over time with normal wear and tear on the body.
Hip Replacement Surgery in Knoxville, TN
Patients will have a clear understanding of their hip ailment and the treatment options available. If surgery is recommended, they will have a precise step by step protocol from pre-op to surgery to post-op pathways. They will know exactly what to expect every step of the way. The patient will experience exceptional care and attention to detail. Set up your appointment today with Dr. Botero and his surgical team at one of our Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinics – 865-558-4444.