Cutting-Edge Less Invasive Hip Surgeries

At New York Sports & Joints, our surgeons offer cutting-edge, less invasive hip surgery in Manhattan, Queens, Garden City, Brooklyn, or the Bronx, including Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty (DATHA). This advanced surgical technique, performed by our board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons, represents the pinnacle of joint replacement technology.

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Advanced hip surgery in New York: Faster recovery, improved outcomes

Our team, educated at world-renowned institutions such as Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, and Columbia, brings together unparalleled expertise in sports medicine, trauma, and joint replacements. DATHA offers our patients a less invasive approach aimed at reducing recovery times and improving outcomes. At New York Sports & Joints, we are not just surgeons but pioneers in the field, committed to leveraging the latest advances to restore your health, mobility, and lifestyle.

Our patient-centric approach, offering services in both Spanish and English, ensures that every individual receives the highest standard of personalized care.

What is Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty?

At New York Sports & Joints, we offer Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty, a cutting-edge approach to hip replacement surgery. This technique, distinguished by its minimally invasive nature, involves accessing the hip joint from the front, reducing muscle damage and potentially leading to a quicker, less painful recovery.

Our expert surgeons, trained at top-tier medical institutions, utilize this advanced procedure to effectively address severe hip pain and immobility, ensuring precision, safety, and the best possible outcomes for our patients.

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What causes hip damage?

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint where the ball at the top of the thigh bone, or femur, fits inside the socket, or acetabulum, in the pelvis. A natural substance in the body called cartilage lubricates the joint. When the bone or cartilage of the hip becomes diseased or damaged from arthritis, hip fractures, bone death, or other causes, the joint can stiffen and be very painful. A total hip arthroplasty, or joint replacement, may be recommended for patients who experience severe hip pain and whose daily lives are affected by their symptoms.

Total hip arthroplasty involves replacing the diseased bone and cartilage with synthetic implants to relieve pain and restore movement and function to the joint. After this procedure, patients will be able to move without the stiff, debilitating pain of arthritis – and enjoy all that life brings in comfort.

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What are the benefits of Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty?

New technology has allowed for specific minimally invasive techniques to be employed during hip replacement surgery. The traditional method involves reaching the joint through the rear of the leg. Recent advances in technique have made an anterior approach a better solution for certain patients. In a direct anterior total hip arthroplasty, the surgeon accesses the hip joint through the front of the leg instead.

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How does the surgery work?

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts between two and four hours, followed by another few hours spent under observation in a recovery room. Entering the joint through an anterior approach offers a number of advantages. Muscles that need to be cut and subsequently reattached for traditional hip replacement surgeries only need to be moved aside for anterior hip arthroplasty. An anterior hip replacement provides the surgeon with the ability to visualize the full hip socket clearly and allows for a variety of implant devices to be placed with precision.

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This minimally invasive technique can lower the risk of dislocation, which is more common in other hip replacement procedures. By maintaining the integrity of the muscles and the hip capsule, it also provides the stability necessary to avoid leg lengthening. Therefore, there is a much better chance of keeping both leg lengths precisely equal.

Are you a candidate for Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty?

The direct anterior total hip arthroplasty procedure can be the ideal solution based on the patient’s unique condition. After a physical examination and analysis of a patient’s condition, our specialist can determine whether anterior hip arthroplasty would be the best form of treatment to restore comfort and mobility. Those with prior implants in the hip, some particularly muscular individuals, and patients who are obese may not be ideal candidates for this type of hip replacement approach.

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What is the recovery time after Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty?

Since less muscle damage takes place, direct anterior total hip arthroplasty often enables the patient to be hospitalized for a shorter period of time and to recover more quickly. In many cases, patients can walk without the use of an assistive device for two to three weeks post-surgery.

Low-impact forms of exercise are recommended immediately after anterior hip replacement, and higher-impact activities are typically only prohibited for three months.

Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any mild discomfort, swelling, or bruising in the hip region during the recovery process. Hip arthroplasty produces immediate pain relief from arthritis or other degenerative conditions.

Why choose New York Joints & Sports?

Choose New York Sports & Joints for unparalleled orthopaedic care. Our team of board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons, educated at prestigious institutions like Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, and Columbia, bring a wealth of expertise in advanced surgical techniques, including Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty. We pride ourselves on our multidisciplinary approach, ensuring comprehensive, personalized treatment plans. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our patients’ satisfaction and outcomes. Offering bilingual services in English and Spanish, we ensure accessible and inclusive care. Our dedication, illustrated by our doctors’ service at Ground Zero in 2001, continues in our unwavering commitment to each patient’s health, mobility, and lifestyle.

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Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty FAQ

What are the risks of Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty?

The risks associated with total hip replacement are considered rare but may include infection, blood clots, fracture, loosening of the new joint, stiffness, and more. The chance of complications developing can be reduced by choosing an experienced surgeon to perform the procedure and by adhering to the surgeon’s instructions before and after surgery.

What are the benefits of Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty compared to traditional hip replacement methods?

Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty (DATHA) offers several advantages, including a smaller incision, reduced muscle trauma, and a potentially shorter and less painful recovery period. This approach can lead to a quicker return to daily activities and may also result in fewer postoperative restrictions.

Is everyone a candidate for Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty?

While DATHA is a beneficial procedure for many, it’s not suitable for everyone. Suitability depends on various factors such as the patient’s anatomy, overall health, and specific hip condition. Our specialists conduct comprehensive evaluations to determine the best surgical approach for each patient.

What can I expect during the recovery period after DATHA?

Recovery varies per individual, but generally, patients can expect a quicker rehabilitation process with DATHA. Most people can start walking with assistance soon after surgery and engage in light activities within a few weeks. However, full recovery and return to more strenuous activities will vary based on individual progress and adherence to prescribed rehabilitation.

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