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Published on September 24, 2013

Precise Technique Improves Hip Replacement Surgery

Fall color tours and walks with family can Donald Daroci be less enjoyable and maybe even impossible if one has painful hip joints.

One remedy to hip pain is hip replacement surgery. More than 300,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. Before surgery, pain can be so intense that participation in activities such as golfing and walking are impossible and even simple tasks such as climbing stairs or rising from a sitting position become extremely difficult.

Roscommon resident Donald Daroci experienced this. “I used to hunt and fish, but I was down to doing practically nothing,” Don said. “I could barely walk the 60 or 70 feet out to my mailbox. I couldn’t mow the lawn, even on my riding mower.”

Some patients may be candidates for the direct anterior hip replacement surgery in which the incision is made on the front of the thigh instead of the back of the thigh. This procedure differs from traditional hip replacement because of the technique used to replace the hip. A special operating table, known as a Hana® table, holds the patient in the correct position during the procedure. This table allows the surgeon to be more precise and preserve more muscle.

“Patients that undergo hip replacement with the direct anterior approach generally have a faster and easier recovery and are able to be up and moving the day after the procedure,” said Orthopaedic Surgeon James Ware, D.O. “”Most people want to be active and pain free when they are up and about. If hip pain is prohibiting this, the direct anterior approach for hip replacement is worth considering.”

Daroci had both hips replaced by Dr. Ware, who used the direct anterior approach. He was pleased with his care at both MidMichigan Medical Center-Alma and most recently at MidMichigan Medical Center-Clare.

“My experience was just exceptional all the way around,” he said. “The care at both hospitals was outstanding, and I have nothing but praise for Dr. Ware. I would highly recommend him.”

About six weeks after his procedure, Daroci reported that he was doing quite well. “I still have a little soreness with the incision, but it’s going away more every day. I have no joint pain right now, just a little tightness. Considering my age, I think I’ll be able to live a pretty active life again.”

Those interested in referral to a MidMichigan physician who performs anterior hip replacement surgery may call MidMichigan Health Line toll free at (800) 999-3199.

Hana is a registered trademark of Mizuho Orthopedic Systems, Inc.