James M. Lee, Jr., MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in West Orange, NJ & Bayonne, NJ
Each year in the United States, nearly half a million men and women undergo hip replacement surgeries to alleviate joint pain. James M. Lee, Jr., MD, of Brick City Orthopaedics in West Orange, New Jersey, and Bayonne, New Jersey, is an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Lee is an expert at performing minimally invasive direct anterior hip replacement surgery. This alternative to traditional hip replacement surgeries offers many benefits and often a shorter recovery period. Find out if a direct anterior hip replacement is right for you. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
What is direct anterior hip replacement surgery?
Direct anterior hip replacement surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that many orthopaedic surgeons, including Dr. Lee, use today. With direct anterior hip replacement, instead of making an incision on the side or back of your hip, Dr. Lee makes the incision in the front of your hip where he’s able to move your muscles and tendons aside to replace your hip joint.
With traditional hip surgery, your muscles and tendons typically need to be cut out of the way. This can lead to the potential for several types of post-operative complications, such as your new hip shifting out of place or not regaining full range of motion.
What are the advantages of direct anterior hip replacement surgery?
This direct anterior approach to total hip replacement surgery offers several advantages over the more traditional approaches, including:
- Less invasive operation
- Faster recovery time
- Less chance of hip dislocation after surgery
- Avoids cutting major muscles or detaching them from the bone
- Less pain after surgery and less pain medication
- Better range of motion after surgery
- Potentially shorter hospital stay
Not every orthopaedic surgeon is skilled at performing direct anterior hip replacement surgery. As an expert in the field of orthopaedics, Dr. Lee has the experience and proficiency to offer this option to many of his patients.
Who is a good candidate for a direct anterior hip replacement?
While many men and women can choose the option of a direct anterior hip replacement over the more traditional, invasive method, it isn’t for everyone. Those who are obese or extremely muscular may not be good candidates as the added tissue may be harder for the surgeon to navigate.
If you are in good general health and your lifestyle allows you to take an active role in your preoperative and postoperative recovery, to aid in the healing process, then you may be an ideal candidate for direct anterior hip replacement surgery.
When you’re considering any type of orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Lee can advise you and answer your questions to help determine which approach is right for you. He discusses the pros and cons of each type of surgery so you can make the most informed decision before you proceed.
Learn more about direct anterior hip replacement surgery by calling the office or scheduling a consultation using the online system.