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New methods, Guthrie offers less restrictive “anterior” hip replacement


SAYRE, Pa. (WETM) – Each year over 370,000 Americans undergo hip replacement surgery.

So you may ask, what exactly is a hip replacement? A hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant.

Now, thanks to medical advancements, hospitals like Guthrie offer patients the choice of having what’s called, an anterior hip replacement. This procedure allows the surgeon to make a small incision at the front of the hip, which causes less damage to major muscles because it avoids cutting major muscles.

“The approach that we use requires less dissection to muscles less taking down of capsule and tendons and so with that, less tissue damage there,” said Guthrie Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Mason Stilwell. “People have less pain, and with less restrictions, they’re able to get going and immobilize faster. “

They say patients who have anterior hip replacements actually have much quicker recovery times. Barbara Lees is up and walking after having had surgery almost 3 weeks ago. Lees said she felt the difference immediately, and she gives all the credit to Dr. Stilwell.

These surgeries usually take around 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Patients are usually up and out about 1 to 2 days after the procedure.

For more information about the procedure or joint pain in general, click here.

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