Anterior approach hip replacement: What to expect

Most of the time, hip pain and stiffness starts as a minor nuisance then—as time passes—worsens and begins to inhibit you from doing ordinary, day-to-day things pain-free as your hip joint deteriorates.

Making the decision to go ahead with hip replacement surgery to cure a problem hip involves considering which factors are causing your pain. That’s why, before proposing anterior hip replacement surgery, your orthopedic doctor may attempt to treat your hip pain nonsurgically.

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The best exercises to keep your joints healthy

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This article is part of the Ultimate Guide to Knee Replacement from Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Back in 1687, Sir Isaac Newton proposed the law of inertia: “A body at rest tends to remain at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.”

Though Newton was talking about physics, his explanation also applies to how the human body works. As you age, the secret to keeping moving is to keep moving. In your body, it’s the joints that help make everyday movements—big and small—possible. Joints are the fibrous connective tissues that hold your bones together.

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Tips for preparing for surgery if you're overweight

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Being overweight is a health issue can affect your day-to-day general health, but it's a condition that can make surgery significantly more challenging. Additionally, carrying extra pounds will also increase your chance of surgical complications, including forming dangerous blood clots and developing postoperative infections.

For an easier surgery and recovery, Logansport Memorial Hospital offers a weight-loss program—called Health Management Resources (HMR)—that can help you get prepared. 

Keep reading to learn how being overweight may cause problems during your operation and potentially slow your recovery.

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Is surgery your best option for hip pain?

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A common misconception about hip pain is that surgery is your only treatment option, but that's simply not the case.

Almost all providers will not perform surgery unless all other alternative treatment methods have proven to be ineffective in alleviating your hip pain. 

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