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At Appalachian Orthopedics, we are dedicated to taking a team approach when it comes to hip pain. Utilizing advanced skills as well as our state-of-the-art technology, we are committed to providing our hip patients with specialized care so that hip pain doesn’t keep them from doing the things they love.

Total hip replacement is the second most common joint replacement surgery, with total knee replacement being the most common. In fact, by 2030, it is projected that over 500,000 hip replacements will be performed yearly in the United States. Hip replacement is an excellent operation for relieving pain, increasing daily function, and improving quality of life.

Posterior hip replacement and anterior hip replacement are the most common approaches, and each has its own benefits and risks. At Appalachian Orthopedics, we offer the full breadth of treatment—from nonoperative to operative—for hip arthritis, and our surgeons offer the mini-posterior approach, anterior approach, and revision surgery.

Anterior hip replacement has been gaining popularity over the last 20 years. It is utilized for primary surgery as well as some selected revision surgeries. Due to its muscle-sparing nature, this approach has a slightly lower dislocation risk and a faster and earlier rehabilitation, generally within the first six weeks. It also allows for easy use of fluoroscopy during surgery to aid in optimal implant positioning.

In experienced and well-trained hands, the risk of complications, including infection, dislocation, bleeding, and implant loosening, will be minimized regardless of the approach. Modern blood loss management, advanced rehabilitation protocols, minimally invasive approaches, and improved perioperative pain control with the use of fewer narcotics allow for a more rapid recovery and minimal hospital stay in most medically optimized patients.

  • In the last decade, Appalachian Orthopedics has helped more than 4,200 people with their hip pain by performing total hip replacements.
  • Bristol Regional Medical Center was ranked #1 in Tennessee for joint replacement surgery in 2015 and is certified at the highest level with Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement by The Joint Commission.
  • Appalachian Orthopedics has partnered with local hospitals to develop comprehensive joint replacement programs that help you through every step of the process—before, during, and after surgery.
  • In addition, our team includes dedicated joint replacement coordinators who will guide you step-by-step through the process to help make sure you get the result you want.

Talk to your surgeon at Appalachian Orthopedics about your hip, your pain, and the best way to get you back to your life—because every step counts.

Would you like to do more reading about total hip replacement and the benefits of the anterior approach? Click below to read more from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Benefits of Anterior Hip Replacement

To learn more about anterior hip replacement, please click on the Appointment Request button or call one of our three locations: Bristol – Hospital, Bristol Midway, or Johnson City.