orthoinfo.aaos.org Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that in some cases can be considered an outpatient operation.
We replace the hip joint, cup, femoral head, and neck with a prosthetic component.
The direct anterior and anatomic approach, plus Dr. DePaolo's near decade of experience performing this procedure allow for a minimal incision site and very rapid recovery.
There are close to half a million total hip arthroplasty procedures performed in the US each year.
The greatest advantages of Dr. DePaolo's anatomic approach to direct anterior arthroplasty procedure are the faster recovery time and more cosmetically appealing, minimally invasive, incision site.
Due to the direct approach of the procedure, your recovery may require far less physical therapy and recovery time.
Patients can go from needing a walker or cane to total freedom, requiring no support at all.
Once you've decided to have hip replacement surgery you'll arrange an appointment to meet Dr. DePaolo and go over any questions you may have about the procedure and recovery, getting to know Dr. DePaolo, his personality, and his staff.
Next, we'll need to make sure that you're healthy enough to recover from the surgery, getting clearance from any primary care doctors, and/or cardiologist if needed.
Then we'll discuss the recovery process and pain management techniques, physical therapy and rest.
Finally, we will set an appointment for the procedure, making sure that you are on the best path to a complete recovery.