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Sanford Clinic Physicians Perform Hip Replacement Surgery Using New Anterior Approach Procedure

New Procedure May Offer Patients Quicker Recovery and Smaller Incision.

(Sioux Falls, SD) Sanford Health announced today an alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery. Physicians with Sanford Clinic Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are the only surgeons in the region who now offer the Anterior Approach with a specially designed surgical table and instrumentation. The popularity of the Anterior Approach for total hip replacement is rapidly growing because of its definite advantages for patients, even those in need of bilateral procedures. Rehabilitation is simplified and accelerated, dislocation risk is reduced, leg length is more accurately controlled and the incision is small.

“Using the Anterior Approach allows me to work between the muscles without detaching them from the hip or thighbones,” said Timothy Walker, MD with Sanford Clinic Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “When these important muscles are left relatively undisturbed, patients can expect to be on their feet much faster, making quicker steps toward recovery.”

How Does the Anterior Approach Work?

Traditional hip replacement surgery typically results in a 6-8 inch incision and a hospital stay of 4-5 days. The Anterior Approach allows for a smaller incision and less tissue disruption, which can shorten the recovery process. Additionally, patients may bend their hip and bear full weight sooner after this surgery than other types of surgery.

Surgeons have options to use unique hip implants that best meet the needs of the patients and procedure. One example, the Corail® Total Hip System, from DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., is a hip implant uniquely shaped for a minimal incision procedure due to its streamlined design.

An advanced surgical table allows surgeons to position the patient so the hip joint may be easily accessed from the front as opposed to the side or back. The table allows the surgeon to dynamically position the patient for inserting the implant in a way that minimizes soft tissue disruption.

“My goal as a surgeon is to reduce the level of debilitating arthritis pain suffered by my patients,” added Jason Hurd, MD. “The real advantage I see with this approach is it reduces the risk of hip dislocation and allows patients to live with fewer limitations.”

About Hip Replacement

About 375,000 Americans undergo hip replacement surgery each year. It is estimated that the number of primary total hip replacements will increase by 174 percent – to 572,000 – in 2030. This is due in part to the growing number of Baby Boomers with osteoarthritis.

Patients interested in learning more about hip replacement surgery and the Anterior Approach, can contact Sanford Clinic Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at (605)328-2663 or visit

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Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Coordinator
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