At the Bone & Joint Institute of St. Louis, our Board-Certified orthopedic surgeons are trained in innovative procedures such as Computer Assisted Navigation (Robotic Surgery) as well as arthroscopy, a minimally invasive approach to joint surgery.
Before undergoing a total hip replacement surgery, our doctor Joseph Williams will evaluate your injury and hip pain to determine which approach works, whether it's non-operative physical therapy, corticosteroid injections or a total hip replacement. In all cases the non-operative approach is preferred, however for some patients physical therapy and pain management won't alleviate the pain.
When performing a total hip replacement, the surgeon removes the damaged or worn hip socket and ball. First, an incision is made on the upper thigh or buttock; this incision can be approached from the rear as well as from the front (posterior-lateral vs. anterior-lateral).
A newer approach that has been catching on recently is called direct anterior approach hip replacement, and has been performed with great results — lowered likelihood of dislocation, better stability, and better blood flow. Unfortunately, not every patient is a candidate for direct anterior approach hip replacement.
Dr. Joseph Williams is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who utilize some of the most innovative methods of surgery to deliver the best results to the patient. Arthroscopy, a minimally invasive approach to performing total hip replacement surgery means you will recover with a much smaller, less noticeable scar. Minimally invasive surgical techniques like arthroscopic surgery often give the benefit of having less post-operative downtime, as well.
Total Hip Replacement can be likened to another more common procedure: dental surgery. Pulling teeth and getting a crown put in place both accomplish the same goal - fixing an infected tooth. However, in one case a new tooth is set in place and in the other, the healthy tooth is salvaged.