My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
Carl

Madison, WI

#1607 Jan 23, 2013
I have seen two orthopedic surgeons after being diagnosed with "severe arthritis" in both hips. One will not do the anterior approach method and one will. Both doctors are associated with Madison, Wis. hospitals.
After much research and reading reviews, the anterior approach seems like a no-brainer. Although I dread going under the knife, I am fortunate that I am a candidate for the anterior approach and that I was able to find a surgeon so close to where I live.
I am doing everything possible to prolong having the surgery, but what I have read by all the comments is that I should not wait too long but proceed once the pain becomes unbearable.
All the reviews I've read here make me feel more secure and confident that the anterior approach is the way to go.
Raptor

Maple, Canada

#1608 Jan 23, 2013
Mitch in Virginia Beach wrote:
I had one of the pioneers in the anterior approach. He goes up and down the East Coast instructing other surgeons. As of December 2011 he had performed over 2000 Jiffy Hips.
Could you provide his name and does he do his work in the North East, like NY or Canada by any chance.- Toronto,Ont. area. and how to get in touch with him.
Thanks,
marci

United States

#1609 Jan 23, 2013
Raptor wrote:
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Could you provide his name and does he do his work in the North East, like NY or Canada by any chance.- Toronto,Ont. area. and how to get in touch with him.
Thanks,
Raptor, I'd say Mitch's doc is probably fantastic, but if distance is a real issue, there is Corey Burak in White Plains(NYC area)who has renown as well. Has done about 3000, only anterior. Might have even been trained by Dr. Carter, as I recall.
In Utica, 5.5 hrs from Toronto, there is Dr. Wickline. Someone on this board had great luck with him; you could search. I met with him(only 1.5 hr drive)and he seems experienced, hasn't had any failures or complications(as he said,"It's a small town. My reputation has to be impeccable."). He has done 1,000 or so anterior. My only beef is that he doesn't do bilateral close enough together, but Burak doesn't take my insurance.
Superpath hip procedure: closest is Stephen Murphy in Boston, one of the pioneers of Superpath.

Good luck
Marcy
Cheesehead

Sheboygan, WI

#1610 Jan 23, 2013
Wondering wrote:
Hello to all. I have been learning a lot about hip replacement from the comments/contributions made on this site. I am considering a replacement in the near future and wonder about the comparison of anterior versus posterior replacement, since SE Michigan primarily offers the posterior method. From what I know right now, I would need to travel outside of MI for an anterior style hip replacement. Louisville, Kentucky seems to have good surgeons who preform the anterior method. Any advice/comments would be appreciated. Thank you.
Check out Dr.Livermore in Sheboygan WI. I was told that he is one of the best and does the anterior approach. I am scheduled for surgery in February . He recommends the ceramic on poly implant.
Anonymous

Orange Park, FL

#1611 Jan 25, 2013
Bryan, Silver Spring Maryland =

I just had Superpath 6 weeks ago. I was wondering if I sent you my email with my phone number, might we have a brief conversation. I watched you comments with interest prior to Superpath. I'd like to hear your experience first hand to compare notes

Jim

Since: Dec 12

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#1612 Jan 25, 2013
I am not a medical practitioner or anything but as far as my reading is concerned so far, hip implant device are not advisable. If not hundreds, there are thousands of lawsuits are now being filed claiming that they have suffered complications from using these faulty designed hip devices.

Since: Dec 12

Location hidden

#1613 Jan 25, 2013
I am not a medical practitioner or anything but as far as my reading is concerned so far, hip implant device are not advisable. If not hundreds, there are thousands of lawsuits are now being filed claiming that they have suffered complications from using these faulty designed hip devices. Here is one of my source: http://www.rotlaw.com/depuy-pinnacle/ .
Mitch in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, VA

#1614 Jan 25, 2013
Raptor wrote:
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Could you provide his name and does he do his work in the North East, like NY or Canada by any chance.- Toronto,Ont. area. and how to get in touch with him.
Thanks,
Dr. Anthony Carter in Newport News VA> I don't believe he travels north.
Mitch in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, VA

#1615 Jan 25, 2013
galvan81 wrote:
I am not a medical practitioner or anything but as far as my reading is concerned so far, hip implant device are not advisable. If not hundreds, there are thousands of lawsuits are now being filed claiming that they have suffered complications from using these faulty designed hip devices. Here is one of my source: http://www.rotlaw.com/depuy-pinnacle/ .
That is a crock of you know what. Actually it is idiotic advice.
Jean - Palm Coast

Palm Coast, FL

#1616 Jan 25, 2013
Jim-Nassau County wrote:
Bryan, Silver Spring Maryland =
I just had Superpath 6 weeks ago. I was wondering if I sent you my email with my phone number, might we have a brief conversation. I watched you comments with interest prior to Superpath. I'd like to hear your experience first hand to compare notes
Jim
I am desperately seeking a solution to both my and my boyfriends ever-increasing hip pain, and since you are the closest geographically, was hoping you could recommend a doctor. Thanks!
marci

United States

#1617 Jan 25, 2013
Jim-Nassau County wrote:
Bryan, Silver Spring Maryland =
I just had Superpath 6 weeks ago. I was wondering if I sent you my email with my phone number, might we have a brief conversation. I watched you comments with interest prior to Superpath. I'd like to hear your experience first hand to compare notes
Jim
Hi Jim/Bryan
Would be very interested as well in your experience. Maybe you are experiencing unexpected results, Jim? This is, as you know, a difficult decision for all of us. Depits glowing reports we all wonder jow it really feels to have the surgery, and what we can expect-"negative" as well as positive.
Thanks for sharing your path. Your "Superpath" :)
Marcy
marci

United States

#1618 Jan 25, 2013
Jim-Nassau County wrote:
Bryan, Silver Spring Maryland =
I just had Superpath 6 weeks ago. I was wondering if I sent you my email with my phone number, might we have a brief conversation. I watched you comments with interest prior to Superpath. I'd like to hear your experience first hand to compare notes
Jim
Sorry about all the typos! I should have checked. In a hurry.
Bryan

Silver Spring, MD

#1619 Jan 25, 2013
Jim-Nassau County:
Luckily I checked in today, as I was about to stop accessing because all talk is about anterior and my usefulness was nil. I do wonder about the relative effectiveness of the two procedures, as I have a hip to replace sometime, though it is fine right now. Superpath may not have a numbness issue, for example. I don't, anyway.
Feel free to e-mail me: [email protected] Since your post we have had others express an interest, so we can distill our conversations and post for the benefit of others. Hope I can be of benefit.
rebecca traugott

Cabot, AR

#1620 Jan 25, 2013
ruth mccormick wrote:
I need a hip replacement, had the other hip done 5 years ago miserable recovery, would love to have the anterior approach but trying to find a Dr who does the in Arkansas is almost impossible called one in Little Rock who's staff said he did the anterior approach, but he more or less said he did it the lateral way. Does anyone know what is going on with this method? I'm still waiting and hoping I can find a dr, meanwhile cant bend or cut my toenails, thank God for pedicures
any info would be appreciated
Dr.Paul Edwards in Little Rock,AR
Anonymous

Jacksonville, FL

#1621 Jan 26, 2013
Marci -
Dr. Stephen Murphy did work with Brad Penenberg to marry two procedures into SuperPath. It is in a 1 year Fellowship with Murphy at Boston General/Harvard that my doctor, Elvis Grandic, learned and adopted SuperPath as his favored THR procedure. Dr. Murphy actually recently had his own hip replaced and used the same parts I decided on for my hip prior to Murphy's surgery.

I had been studying the DAA Hana Table procedure for a few years as my symptoms worsened. I watched it gain acceptance by more and more surgeons. I met with a doctor in Ocala, FL and one in Savannah, GA. I was sold on the idea and it was my choice. Then, I discovered SuperPath. I spent all of 2012 studying this procedure. I spoke to three of the seven doctors on the list above. I saw two of them in their offices, but I continued email and telephone dialogue with all three until all my questions about the procedure were answered. I also had a preference for hip parts and bearing surfaces that I wanted to get the Docs' agreement on. I finally chose SuperPath over DAA Hana because NO muscles or tendons were cut. They do get pushed around a good bit, though! My doc didn't even release my piriformis. Further, because of this "northern approach" through a 3" incision the surgeon was able broach and insert the femural stem WITHOUT dislocating the hip ball or cutting it off first. Thus the hip is stable when doing the femur and stem work. The approach provides the ability to make leg length geometry a more simple challenge as the femural component is already in place as mentioned. The surgery is well away from femural arteries and nerves, thus eliminating some of the risks with DAA from twisting and dislocating your hip unnaturally. The hip is NOT dislocated, thus less tissue/ nerve trauma.

Sorry for being long-winded, Marci, and these are just my obsevations and opinions. Lastly, the 2 docs of the 7 who do SuperPath in the USA and are closest to you are Harbinder Chadha, MD, Chula Vista, CA and Jimmy Chow, MD, Phoenix, AZ. Google Jimmy Chow, MD for a fair amount of good info.

Jim
Anonymous

Jacksonville, FL

#1622 Jan 26, 2013
Feel free to e-mail me: [email protected]

Sending my email and phone. Thanks, Bryan.
Mitch in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, VA

#1623 Jan 26, 2013
[QUOTE who=the surgeon was able broach and insert the femural stem WITHOUT dislocating the hip ball or cutting it off first.
[/QUOTE]
I am confused. If he did not dislocate the hip ball then you did not have a hip replacement unless he manufactured a new socket and placed a ball in there and the two hip joints work side by side.
Anonymous

Jacksonville, FL

#1624 Jan 26, 2013
Marci -

You will notice from the info on Jimmy Chow's site that there are examples of folks who have had SuperPath. Some are at the driving range (golf) in 2 weeks, etc. This "marketing" made me even more excited about SuperPath, adding to its physiological advantages. I am 7 weeks from surgery and I am not at the driving range yet. This may be a function of my body, my age or the fact that I've take no pain medication since 3 weeks after surgery. My doctor is Elvis Grandic, MD of Boynton Beach, FL. He is a wonderful surgeon with an amazing human touch. He is a young doctor(38). I was out of the hospital in 2 days. I remained in the Palm Beach area ( 5 hours from my home ) until my first post-op appt (10 days). I drove home. I had 4 weeks total of in-home physical therapy and now 3 weeks of out-patient therapy. Elvis said I was very tight and muscular thus he had to work hard to retract everything out of the way. I am improving everyday. I drive, am up and down ladders (it seems every ceiling light has burned out since my surgery!!). I guess I expected to be golfing in 3 weeks. My wife says I had the wrong expectations after such a major surgery. She says it's like the weight loss commercials. They always say in small print - "results not typical." Smart lady, right. So, I would still choose SuperPath for all the reasons I stated before. I just set my expectations for full, unassisted by cane, no muscle weakness recovery a bit high for myself. I think I'll be ther by the end of February based on my progress.(That will be 3 months from surgery)

Jim

Jim
Anonymous

Jacksonville, FL

#1625 Jan 26, 2013
Mitch -

I've watched your many comments in the thread over a long time. I'm sorry I was not clear. This "northern approach" enables the surgeon to see the top of the femur and the femural ball, after entering the hip capsule with an "L" shaped incision. He then removes a small portion to the ball and neck exposing enough of the top of the femur to broach (prepare) it for the femural stem and insert it. The natural ball is still attached to the femur and positioned as normal in the acetabulum, thus the hip remains stable throughout and is never dislocated until the final neck cut when the ball is pulled out basically with a long screw. Thus the surgeon has an advantage at getting the geometry right as he can select neck size and angle that matches what you had before cutting the neck and ball or any dislocation. My leg length and toe point is perfect. Hope this helps.

Jim
Anonymous

Jacksonville, FL

#1626 Jan 26, 2013
COMMENT:

I have copied all recent SuperPath posts from this "ANTERIOR" discussion to the Topix discussion entitled "SuperPath Total Hip Replacemt"(note misspelled "replacement". It is in the hip replacement Forum (this forum, just a new discussion area). I suspect more and more will be discussed about SuperPath as I understand Wright Medical (parts and tool maker) and some of the USA SuperPath doctors will beginning teaching this technique this year to other doctors who will scrub in in the operating room. Thus, it will grow much as Direct Anterior did, from Dr. Matta to surgeon to surgeon.

Jim

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