My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience

My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience

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Flo Ochsenfeld

Park Ridge, NJ

#1 Nov 4, 2007
I had my left hip replacement done on August 21st and my right hip replacement done on October 22nd. I chose to have them done by an amazing new method: anterior hip replacement. I only have a 3" incision on both sides in front right above my thighs and I am doing extremely well. It is less than two weeks since the second hip was done and I can already walk with no cane and I am driving. I had hardly any pain and hardly any restrictions. There is only one doctor on the East Coast that performs this awesome surgery: Dr. Corey Burak in Hawthorne, New York. He is extremely nice and personable and did a fantastic job on my two operations. If you have any questions, let me know.
Marianne

Baton Rouge, LA

#2 Nov 6, 2007
Flo, How were you able to find a doctor that could perform this new type of hip surgery? Is there some national registry that lists doctors certified to perform the anterior hip replacement? I have had the old-time regular hip replacement where the incision is large, muscle and nerves are cut and recuperation is a miserable, painful 8 weeks. There is a strong possiblity that I will have to have my other hip replaced in the next few months so I am definitely wanting to find a doctor who can perform this miracle hip replacement to get me back on my feet in record time(and relatively painless compared to the other surgery). I am in Louisiana. If anybody knows any doctor in this or neighboring states who can perform this surgery, please let me know.
Flo Ochsenfeld

Park Ridge, NJ

#3 Nov 8, 2007
Marianne wrote:
Flo, How were you able to find a doctor that could perform this new type of hip surgery? Is there some national registry that lists doctors certified to perform the anterior hip replacement? I have had the old-time regular hip replacement where the incision is large, muscle and nerves are cut and recuperation is a miserable, painful 8 weeks. There is a strong possiblity that I will have to have my other hip replaced in the next few months so I am definitely wanting to find a doctor who can perform this miracle hip replacement to get me back on my feet in record time(and relatively painless compared to the other surgery). I am in Louisiana. If anybody knows any doctor in this or neighboring states who can perform this surgery, please let me know.
Marianne,
I read up on everything I could find about total hip replacements and I decided that the anterior replacement sounded the best. Check out this website: www.newhipnews.com/patient/physician locator There are a couple of doctors listed for Louisanna. Let me know if you need any more information. Before I went ahead with the surgery, I called the hospital and spoke to the Medical Director and inquired about the doctor who performed the anterior hip replacement and how that surgery was working out. He really spent quite a bit of time answering my questions. Then I made an appointment to meet the doctor. My husband and I liked him very much and I decided to go ahead with the surgery.
Jim Friedman

United States

#4 Dec 9, 2007
Flo,
I am scheduled for anterior approach hip replacement at the end of December. There is a practice in Cincinnati that specializes in the anterior approach. I am curious as to how long you were in the hospital and if you had any restrictions from your surgeon. Was the special operating table that positions your leg used during the procedure? Did you have metal on metal or something else put in?
Flo Ochsenfeld

Park Ridge, NJ

#5 Dec 12, 2007
Hi Jim,

I was in the hospital for 3 1/2 days each time and then I went to a rehabilitation place for eight days each time. I didn't have to go to the rehab place but I decided it would be a good idea and I got a lot out of going. Yes, the special table was used for both operations. There were only two restrictions. I wasn't supposed to bend my leg backwards or twist it in a certain way. But I'm sure your surgeon will explain that to you. Otherwise, I had no restrictions at all. Yes, I did get metal on metal. The doctor told me that if he needed a hip replacement, that is what he would want. I want to wish you the best of luck. The anterior procedure is really the way to go and you'll be fine.
hippain

Lafayette, LA

#6 Dec 21, 2007
Dr. Bryan Frentz in Lafayette LA does direct anterior approach total hip surgery. He does this procedure at Southwest Medical Center in Lafayette. He also uses computer navigation to help with proper placement of the artifical joint. He is liste on wwww.newhipnews.com and has a website www.bryanfrentzmd.com
Flo Ochsenfeld

Park Ridge, NJ

#7 Dec 23, 2007
Dear hippain,
Are you uncertain as to whether or not you should have the new anterior procedure? I am doing so well and can't advocate this new procedure enough. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will try to answer them.
mike

West Chester, OH

#8 Dec 24, 2007
Jim I have to have a revision on a replacement I had completed in '04 by the Wellington group. I wanted to see if the anterior approach was right for me. where are you having your performed??
thanks
beachlover2

Bakersfield, CA

#9 Jan 4, 2008
I am scheduled for THR on Jan. 28 with Dr. Moore at UAB hospital in Birmingham, AL. I just found out that he uses the side cut through the muscle so I decided to get a second opinion. I just made an appointment with Dr. John Feathergill at Baptist Princeton Hospital in Birmingham who is the only doctor in the city to do the anterior approach. Keep your fingers crossed that I will be a candidate for this approach. How long before you can ride in a car and can you bend? Thanks for your input.
Flo Ochsenfeld

Park Ridge, NJ

#10 Jan 7, 2008
Hi beachlover2
I rode home from the rehabilitation center in 11 days and I was able to drive two weeks after the operation. Yes, I was able to bend quite well almost right away. I would advise you to go with the anterior approach. I did so much better than those who had the side cut through the muscle. Good luck and let me know how you make out when you go to see Dr. Feathergill.
Flo Ochsenfeld

Park Ridge, NJ

#11 Jan 7, 2008
P.S. to my previous reply.
I probably could have been able to ride in a car earlier than 11 days. However, I was in the hospital for 3 1/2 days and then I decided to go to the rehabilitation center (right next to the hospital) for 8 days because they had two physical therapy sessions daily and I thought that would be very helpful for me. Therefore, I didn't have any occasion to ride in a car until I went home from the rehabilitation center. But, as I explained, I was able to drive two weeks after my operation. Anterior is the way to go!

Since: Dec 07

United States

#12 Jan 11, 2008
mike wrote:
Jim I have to have a revision on a replacement I had completed in '04 by the Wellington group. I wanted to see if the anterior approach was right for me. where are you having your performed??
thanks
Mike,
I had Dr Ed Lim perform my anterior approach at Christ Hospital on Dec 28 (two weeks ago today). I was out of the hospital the next day walking up and down 14 stairs at home with just a cane. Got off the cane after 10 days and went to work driving myself. No pain meds - just tylenol. Truly incredible results from this anterior approach.
Dr. Lim and and Dr. Patrick Kirk (partners) are the only two docs that do the true anterior approach with the special table to my knowledge in Cincinnati. Both are experts in this surgery.
Happy to answer any other questions you might have.

Since: Dec 07

United States

#13 Jan 11, 2008
The best thing about the anterior approach is there are virtually no restrictions on bending, twisting, or weight bearing after surgery. If you are in good physical shape before the surgery you should have a quick recovery because no muscles are cut. However the tighter your muscles, the more they have to stretch them to get to the bone so there is some soreness until they go back to their original shape.
Mike

White Castle, LA

#14 Jan 14, 2008
Marianne
There are two excellent surgeons in the state of Louisiana that perform total hip replacements using the direct anterior approach they are Dr. John Noble in Lake Charles and Dr. Jeff Garrison in Alexandria.
Marianne wrote:
Flo, How were you able to find a doctor that could perform this new type of hip surgery? Is there some national registry that lists doctors certified to perform the anterior hip replacement? I have had the old-time regular hip replacement where the incision is large, muscle and nerves are cut and recuperation is a miserable, painful 8 weeks. There is a strong possiblity that I will have to have my other hip replaced in the next few months so I am definitely wanting to find a doctor who can perform this miracle hip replacement to get me back on my feet in record time(and relatively painless compared to the other surgery). I am in Louisiana. If anybody knows any doctor in this or neighboring states who can perform this surgery, please let me know.
Flo Ochsenfeld

Park Ridge, NJ

#15 Jan 14, 2008
Anyone who is going to have a total hip replacement, I cannot emphasize enough, that you should look into the new anterior hip replacement procedure. Go to newhipnews.com/physician locator and see if there is a doctor in your area who does this new approach. I had both hips replaced by the anterior procedure and I want to let everyone know what a wonderful way it is to go. I had hardly any pain with either hip and was able to do so much so soon. Also, both of my legs are even and I have no limp. If you are thinking of having a total hip replacement, PLEASE look into having it done by the anterior approach. If anyone has any questions about my surgeries, let me know and I'll be glad to answer them.
beachlover2

United States

#16 Jan 20, 2008
I am scheduled to have the anterior hip replacement with Dr. Featheringill in Birmingham, AL on Feb. 20. I spelled his name wrong in the earlier posts. I am really scared about the procedure but I am pretty sure this is normal.
Flo Ochsenfeld

Park Ridge, NJ

#17 Jan 21, 2008
beachlover2 wrote:
I am scheduled to have the anterior hip replacement with Dr. Featheringill in Birmingham, AL on Feb. 20. I spelled his name wrong in the earlier posts. I am really scared about the procedure but I am pretty sure this is normal.
You are going to have the very best replacement since you are have the anterior one. I can't say enough good things about my two anterior hip replacements. Don't be scared because you will see that everything works out extremely well. If you have any questions at all, let me know. I had the first one done in August 2007 and exactly two months later in October I had the other one done. I thank God every day that I found my doctor who did the anterior hip replacements. I am doing really great!
Judi Harness

Chincoteague Island, VA

#18 Jan 21, 2008
I can't seem to connect to the physician locator site. I'm in the Tidewater, VA area. Has any one had any surgery done in this area?
Flo Ochsenfeld

Park Ridge, NJ

#19 Jan 24, 2008
Judi Harness wrote:
I can't seem to connect to the physician locator site. I'm in the Tidewater, VA area. Has any one had any surgery done in this area?
I just went to this website newhipnews.com and clicked on physicians. I found Dr. Anthony Carter, in Newport News, VA, and there are two other doctors in Virginia, all of whom perform the anterior hip replacement. I hope that helps!
Gigi Jenkins

Williamsburg, VA

#20 Feb 3, 2008
Hi Judi,
You are fortunate to live in the Tidewater area. I live in Williamsburg and the only Dr. I know of in this area who performs the anterior hip method is in Newport News ~ Dr. Anthony Carter is terrific. I had my left hip replaced on Dec. 11, 2007 and it has been an amazing process. I had no pain after surgery and never even needed a pain pill. On the third day I went home and was walking (slowly) without a cane or walker on the 6th day and by the 10th day I was totally finished with the cane. I saw Dr.Carter on the 10th day after surgery and he said I could start driving that day! I have read other articles on the internet describing the other method to replace the hip as 'barbaric' because they cut the muscles and tendons and the recovery is long and painful. In this method, the muscles are only moved aside; nothing is cut and so there was no pain at all for me. The area was tender, of course, but never in pain. Also, there are no restrictions such as, not being able to cross your legs for fear of dislocating the hip. The hip is held tight by the muscles that go right back into place and since they have not been cut, they are as strong as before. I can't rave enough about this type surgery. Dr. Anthony Carter is with the Hampton Roads Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine group on Thimble Shoals Blvd. in Newport News.
One more thing, I had my surgery at Mary Immaculate Hospital which I recommend and it will be one of 8 centers in the US where this procedure will be taught.
Good luck,
Gigi

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