Green Bay, Wis.(WFRV)--- There were more than 300,000 total hip replacements
in 2010; that's up 135,000 compared to just ten years earlier. As more and more people
need help to relieve the pain, there's an option that's becoming popular with patients and
Fifty-nine year old, Jill Porter, bench pressed 185 pounds.
"It didn't look pretty but I was happy to have another world record," Jill Porter told Ivanhoe.
"My hip was killing me," Porter said.
Four days later she was getting it replaced. Dr. Stefan Kreuzer of Memorial Hermann Hospital
recommended she try something new.
"It's a less invasive approach," Stefan Kreuzer, MD, associate professor at Memorial
Hermann Hospital, told Ivanhoe.
He went through the front of her leg to get to her hip, instead of the more traditional
technique of going through the back.
"Fewer muscles are cut during the surgery," Dr. Kreuzer said.
So many of the muscles we use to stand up, sit down, and walk are not detached. Direct
anterior hip replacement can also mean a shorter hospital stay.
Instead of three to ten days, "98-percent of our patients stay one to two days," Dr. Kreuzer
Recovery time can range from two to eight weeks, compared to twelve weeks with the
posterior approach and the risk of dislocation drops too.
Jill's thrilled the surgery lifted her pain.
"I just can't even being to say the difference," Porter said.
Now she's focused on training and adding to her 39 records.
The doctor said the normal post-operative restrictions on hip movements do not apply to
patients who undergo direct anterior hip replacement. He said it's great for most people in
need of a hip replacement, including highly active patients. The doctor is currently training surgeons from around the world on the technique.