My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
Judy from Suffern

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#736 Dec 17, 2010
Deborah wrote:
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I'm going to have to comment that I am having the direct anterior approach for my LTHR at the Rothman Institute w/ Dr Hozack and I've been told he doesn't use the HANA table. His assistant said he learned the DAA before the table was invented and feels it interferes with getting leg length equality right.
Does anyone else have any expeience with the Hanna table interfering with leg length?
fessden

Beverly, MA

#737 Dec 17, 2010
My Surgeon (Snyder, from Newton Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts) did not use the table and I have no issues with leg length.
bruny10467

Brooklyn, NY

#738 Dec 17, 2010
Judy from Suffern wrote:
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Does anyone else have any expeience with the Hanna table interfering with leg length?
Had Left THR on the hana table August 19th, 2010, had Right THR on the hana table last week 12/9/2010 and both my legs are the same length. I'm walking without a cane and have had no physical therapy after I came home on Saturday. My doctor was Roy Davidovitch at the New York Hospital for Joint Diseases. And again I say, I'll be 68 years old next month and looking forward to partying!! Of course,I can only speak for myself.
gemneeckt

Tucson, AZ

#739 Dec 17, 2010
beachlover2....i too am looking at a total hip replacement and looking at Dr. Featheringil for my surgeon. My first dr. is looking at the side approach and I am looking at the anterior one.
Is there a reason why your surgery is scheduled all the way in Feb? I need my surgery like yesterday and not able to wait that long.
Best of luck with your surgery and your healing.
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Marcia Palos Park IL

Woodridge, IL

#740 Dec 18, 2010
Deborah wrote:
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I'm going to have to comment that I am having the direct anterior approach for my LTHR at the Rothman Institute w/ Dr Hozack and I've been told he doesn't use the HANA table. His assistant said he learned the DAA before the table was invented and feels it interferes with getting leg length equality right.
If you do some research about the Hana table online, you'll find that the opposite is true: Using the table makes it easier to get the leg length correct. I'm all for anything that makes the surgeon's job easier. My legs had been different lengths all my life, but now after the THR, they're finally the same length
Judy from Suffern

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#741 Dec 18, 2010
Marcia Palos Park IL wrote:
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If you do some research about the Hana table online, you'll find that the opposite is true: Using the table makes it easier to get the leg length correct. I'm all for anything that makes the surgeon's job easier. My legs had been different lengths all my life, but now after the THR, they're finally the same length
That is great to read. I am seeing Dr. Burak next week and may change surgeons. I am a bit distressed about my fatigue and wonder if it is due to all the pain.
Judy from Suffern

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#742 Dec 18, 2010
I just received some paperwork from Dr. Burak's office. It says that he doesn't take insurance. Does anyone know if he stopped?
Butch

High Point, NC

#743 Dec 19, 2010
chris wrote:
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Hi Katusa:
I also had both hips done,but at the same time, it's been 3 1/2 years, but like you I am still amazed at how great the surgery is. It is funny, but you were just like me, constant pain, not being able to do simple things, no crossing the legs, and all the pain in different areas of the body are gone. I thought I had bad knees, but no, it was just all connected to the hips. I had to wait 4 months for my surgery because my doctor was the only one to do this type of surgery and we had to wait for the table because he was so busy. It so good to hear how wonderful everyone feels after this surgery.
Chris,
Who does the surgery in North Carolina. I live in High Point.
Regina

New York, NY

#744 Dec 19, 2010
Judy,
I too had one leg shorter than the other until this past May when I had my hip replaced by Dr. Burak at Phelps Memorial Hospital. I now have two even legs. Dr. Burak does the true anterior approach with the use of the Hana table. According to the research I did(and I did a lot of it before I decided to have it done ). The use of the Hana table (or the Profix table) makes it much easier for the surgeon to get the leg legnth correct and allows the surgeon to perform the surgery without cutting muscle and tendon, thereby making recovery that much easier.
Dr.Burak is a fine surgeon and very easy to talk to. He makes you feel very comfortable from beginning to end.
When I had my surgery in May he did not take my insurance but his office told me that he would take assignment( which means he would take whatever the insurance would cover for an out of network physician) I was not responsible to pay anything further. You can call his office and they will answer any questions you would have. They are all really very helpful.
You should also talk to Mona, because she can also put your mind at ease about all of this. We met here and have kept in touch. She is very knowledgeable since she has done this twice.
she was also very helpful to me when I was worried about my surgery.

Hi Mona, I have been thinking about you and will give you a call after the Holidays!
chris

Huntersville, NC

#745 Dec 20, 2010
Butch wrote:
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Chris,
Who does the surgery in North Carolina. I live in High Point.
Butch:

I had my surgery done by Dr. Masonis, Orthocarolina, in Chalotte NC. He is great! Everyone I speak to says he is the best at this surgery. A word of warning, there is a long wait, I had to wait 4 months, but it was worth it.

Chris
Hippain 1955

United States

#746 Dec 21, 2010
Dr Burak did my surgery and my leg lengths r fine. With all the research I did I found it is easier to judge the leg length. Also with th insurance issue u have to call the office they didn't take my insurance and they did out of out of network also. Not sure about it but the office did all the work. The misery of hip pain is not with it ,you will fell great after the survey .
lori

Redmond, WA

#747 Dec 25, 2010
Does anyone know about Dr Downer in Seattle?

Since: Nov 07

Lawndale, CA

#748 Dec 28, 2010
EdU10 wrote:
Hello everyone. I just turned 30 last month and on Dec. 16th, 2009 I underwent THR, anterior approach, on my right hip. The operation was performed by one of the best orthopedic surgeons in California (thank you Blue Shield PPO), Dr. Lawrence Menendez, USC University Hospital (I am a huge Notre Dame fan but was a trojan fan for 1 day). The material used was ceramic-on-metal. I underwent the procedure because of an old high school football injury (which I thought was just a simple pulled groin) turned osteoarthritis with PVNS in the right hip joint. PVNS eliminated me as a resurfacing candidate.
Went in on Wednesday and discharged by Friday afternoon. PT came to my home on Sunday, had me moving my leg and walking up and down the driveway. PT then informed me that because I had the anterior approach there wouldn't be any need for him to actually come back and just see me walk.
It has been 2 months now and have no pain, just some discomfort around the incision, probably from the muscles being stretched.
I am wondering if someone could help me out with the following questions: Will I be able to do the high intensity P90X workout? and if so, at what month after recovery should I start?
PS. I had the epidural anesthesia and any pain I had was actually from the spinal headaches, but they were gone after 3 days.
Glad to find your post - this is SO encouraging! My husband was referred to Dr. Yun by a coworker but he's not in network with insurance. But Menendez is. Any other suggestions, tips? Hope you're continuing to heal and MOVE!
Judy from Suffern

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#749 Dec 28, 2010
A special post for Flo and Mona.
I had to postpone the visit to Dr Burak today because my driver was hesitant to go with the weather related icey patches. The Saw Mill River Parkway is my least favorite parkway so I was relieved. In addition, she is a bit of a careless driver.
I am now scheduled to see him on the 4th of January.

Since: Mar 10

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#750 Dec 28, 2010
Has anyone dealt with a problem with the periformis muscle following their anterior hip replacement?
Lindsay

Hickory, NC

#751 Dec 28, 2010
Butch wrote:
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Chris,
Who does the surgery in North Carolina. I live in High Point.
I had the anterior hip replacement in Hickory, NC by Dr. Jason Norcross at Hickory Ortho. Group. I am so glad that I had it done, especially that way. Was back at work in 2 weeks, driving in 3.
Judy from Suffern

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#752 Dec 29, 2010
Katuska wrote:
Has anyone dealt with a problem with the periformis muscle following their anterior hip replacement?
What kind of problem?
Anonymous

Los Altos, CA

#753 Jan 2, 2011
Anyone know a surgeon in the SF Bay Area within the Kaiser system that does the anterior approach? The surgeon I have been talking to that is local for me says he does THR very often - "four last week, overall too many to count" but he does not do the anterior approach. He is tracking down another surgeon in the Kaiser system who does this but I'd like to get more references if possible.
Helen

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#754 Jan 2, 2011
Judy from Suffern wrote:
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What kind of problem?
Hi Judy,

I think I am. I'm 14 months post op and they thought it was the IT band and I've been doing stretchs. This weekend it the pain was worse in my front hip area, thigh , and in my lower back. I went from being not to active to a lot of walking and it flared up after that. After reading what this condition is, now I think it's this and not just the IT band. I have made an appointment to see my surgeon again the beginning of February.

Helen
sandy

Mechanicsville, VA

#755 Jan 4, 2011
anyone familiar with an ortho in Richmond, VA area who performs this anterior hip replacement? Had original (lateral)replacement in August,with many setbacks and finally had to have a revision. Am GREATLY interested in finding physician with expertise in this area.

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