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Hip Replacement Can Improve Quality of Life for Arthritis Patients in Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, VA & throughout Hampton Roads

Hip replacement might be recommended for you if debilitating arthritis is impairing your mobility and conservative treatments have failed to provide the relief you need. With a proven track record for restoring function and alleviating pain, total hip replacement surgery is among the most successful procedures performed today. If severe joint pain is negatively impacting your quality of life in the Hampton, Virginia, area, the highly specialized, fellowship-trained surgeons at Tidewater Orthopaedics may be able to help.

At Tidewater Orthopaedics, our joint specialist, Dr. Michael Higgins, is pleased to offer a type of total hip replacement — called direct anterior hip replacement — to patients in Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, and throughout the Peninsula. This innovative approach is often referred to as a “jiffy hip” procedure, so named because it is a less invasive surgical technique that usually results in a much quicker recovery than that associated with a traditional hip replacement. When performing a jiffy hip procedure, a surgeon from Tidewater Orthopaedics will access a patient’s hip joint through a single incision, carefully working between muscles and ligaments to minimize any disturbance to the surrounding musculature. As a result, when compared to patients who undergo traditional surgery, most direct anterior hip replacement patients experience:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less pain and weakness
  • Lower risk of hip dislocation
  • Less time spent in surgery and in a hospital
  • Limited need for physical therapy, walkers, and canes
  • Reduced rehabilitation time
  • A faster return to function

In order to access the hip joint through a relatively small incision, the surgeons at Tidewater Orthopaedics utilize a special surgical table when performing direct anterior hip replacement procedures. This state-of-the-art equipment allows for total exposure of the hip joint. A patient’s feet are placed in ski-boot-like guides as he or she lies back on the table. The guides are attached to spars that allow the legs to be extended downward. The use of this innovative technology has helped to make the jiffy hip procedure consistently reliable and successful.

Choose Tidewater Orthopaedics for your hip replacement, and you can feel confident that you will be cared for by a subspecialist who focuses his or her practice exclusively on the hip. To schedule an appointment, prospective patients in Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, or the surrounding VA areas can contact us today at 757-827-2480.