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Damaged hip joint of an athlete man requiring hip replacement surgery.

Arthritis, injury and other hip conditions can deteriorate the components in the joint, causing pain and limiting mobility. At Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA, we offer a wide variety of surgical and conservative treatments for hip pain disorders. When hip pain cannot be controlled with other methods, a total hip replacement may be recommended. Dr. Farzin Kabaei is one of the top orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles, specializing in same day robotic joint replacements. We offer anterior total hip replacement at our orthopedic medical center in Beverly Hills.

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of hip joint damage. The hip is a weight-bearing joint – wear and tear on the joint, injuries, genetics and other factors can result in degenerative joint inflammation or osteoarthritis. While there is not a cure for hip osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the pain can be managed with conservative, non-surgical treatments for many years. When hip arthritis pain is no longer controlled by conservative treatments, it may be time to consider total hip replacement.

Am I a Candidate for Total Hip Replacement with the Anterior Approach?

If you are having problems with your hip, Dr. Kabaei may first recommend other treatments. These include medicine for pain or inflammation, walking aids and physical therapy. If you keep on having pain and have a hard time getting around, hip replacement surgery may be an option. Good candidates for anterior total hip replacement have the following attributes:

  • Motivated – A positive attitude and willingness to follow your doctor’s post-surgery instructions will increase the likelihood of a good outcome.
  • Mobile – If you’re active and independent before surgery, you’ll automatically respond better to physical therapy and resume your daily activities more easily. However, if you use a walker or wheelchair before surgery, an inpatient procedure is likely your best option.
  • Healthy– The fewer medications you take or ailments you have, the better outpatient candidate you are. If you take medications for chronic pain, for example, your surgery may be better suited in an inpatient setting.
  • Supported– Having a wider social network, meaning, several friends and/or family members who can help you after surgery, will make your recovery faster and better.

The purpose of most hip replacements is to treat pain and damage from arthritis. In osteoarthritis, long-term wear-and-tear damages the joint. In rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation causes pain, swelling, stiffness and tissue damage. Anterior total hip replacement can achieve excellent results for many people with advanced hip osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

What is an Anterior Total Hip Replacement?

An anterior hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which damaged bones in your hip joint are replaced with an artificial hip (total hip arthroplasty). Other names for the procedure are minimally invasive or muscle sparing hip arthroplasty.

Since the muscles that power the hip (i.e. the abductor muscle mass) are not disturbed during surgery and the posterior capsule remains intact, the prosthetic hip attains near normal stability postoperatively. Patients are therefore not required to maintain the hip precautions that are required of them after posterior approaches to the hip. More accurate and consistent component positioning is ensured as well, as the supine position and the radiolucent orthopedic table facilitates the use of intraoperative fluoroscopy (x-ray). This allows the surgeon to place the components in the appropriate position, which also serves to decrease dislocation rates.

Postoperatively, patients are encouraged toward immediate full weightbearing. Hip precautions
are almost never required, and patients are encouraged to assume unrestricted activities
of daily living.

Potential benefits of anterior hip replacement compared to the traditional hip replacement surgery, may include the following:

  • Smaller incision (6-10cm)
  • Minimal soft tissue trauma
  • Less post op pain
  • Shorter surgical time (average 60-90 minutes)
  • Quicker healing time and less scarring
  • Earlier mobilization
  • No post-operative restrictions
  • Reduced hip dislocations

Patients that undergo anterior total hip replacement surgery can experience a faster recovery and less risk than with traditional hip replacement surgery. Dr. Kabaei uses the advanced Mako robotic hip replacement method, offering same day surgery for our patients.

Robotic Hip Replacement Surgery

Dr. Kabaei is one of the leading experts in utilizing the Mako robotic anterior hip replacement surgery for his patients in Los Angeles. This system allows for increased accuracy and less chance of surrounding tissue damage due to the precise placement of the hip joint components. Plus, robotic hip replacements may last longer with a lower chance of complications.

If you are ready to explore total hip replacement, contact us at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA in Beverly Hills to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kabaei. We are LA’s source for same day, robotic anterior total hip replacement.

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