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New hip replacement procedure drastically shortens healing time

Published: Oct. 26, 2016 at 4:27 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2016 at 4:42 PM CDT
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WSFA/NBC - A new hip replacement surgical procedure has patients on their feet and back home on the same day.

Imagine having hip surgery in the morning and home having lunch the same day. A miracle, right? No, it's a total hip replacement through an anterior approach.

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Edward Stolarski says, "This and other techniques allow us to get these people up and moving quicker, reduces
their complication and more importantly increases their satisfaction."

The stem articulating the new joint is so durable, it has a 99 percent survival rate. It's an outpatient surgery that has you up and walking just hours after the operation.

"What we've improved upon is the techniques on putting this in.  We're getting this in a very small incision. We don't have to cut any muscle at all and because we're doing it supine, which is a fancy word for laying on your back during the procedure, we're able to check it during the operation to make sure it's accurate."

Ms. Siobhan Greene has had both hips replaced. Most recently her left hip was done on October 4th.

Greene says, "I was without pain both times. I really didn't have to take any pain medication. I ended up taking Tylenol. It feels so wonderful. I don't really even know that there's an implant there."

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