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Nearly 300,000 total hip replacements are performed annually. It is a common procedure that can significantly improve your mobility and free you from consistent joint pain. Some hip replacement surgeries require the use of a specially designed table that can be found at CCMH.
Direct Anterior approach for hip replacement – This method utilizes a smaller incision giving the patient a quicker recovery. It is a muscle-sparing approach meaning there are no muscles or ligaments cut during the procedure allowing the hip to be load-bearing within the same day. It requires a special table available at CCMH and can be performed with or without the use of the MAKO robot.
Dr. Kirk will give his best advice for Posterior approach Mako-assisted surgery which appears to the patient as mostly lateral approach VS the Direct Anterior approach. The DA approach has a more front of the thigh placed incision. Each approach has its trade-offs and Dr. Kirk can do both approaches depending on what is best for the patient. This decision is made while considering the precision and accuracy required and the desired outcome of the patient.
The usual time to full recovery is three months, although many return to work with restrictions much sooner – depending on the job description.
We typically do not employ “anesthetic blocks” around major nerves for pain management due to the potential damage to and around those nerves.
Usually, you will be fully weight-bearing with physical therapy the same day or the morning after, depending on how late in the day surgery is completed.
At Comanche County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), we do not use doctor-owned trial implants or what is referred to in the professional orthopedic world as “tier 2” implants (which are cheaper). Dr. Kirk only uses the major tier 1 type implants.
As a disclaimer, Dr. Kirk does implant “all-ceramic coated” total knee prostheses for patients who have metal allergies, this is not the standard brand that Dr. Kirk implants. However, it is available for those who need it.
Learn more about joint replacement surgery
Click the links below to download information on getting ready for joint replacement surgery and what to expect from your joint replacement surgery recovery.