Previously, hip replacements meant long hospital stays, painful recoveries, and long periods of rehabilitation before a patient’s hip joint returned close to its normal function. Over the past ten years, orthopedic surgeons have adopted a more streamlined “Jiffy Hip” replacement technique (also referred to generically as “anterior hip replacement”) that has revolutionized the procedure. At HROSM, we are proud to offer this incredible procedure to our patients.
The unique hip and knee arthroplasty surgical table, called the “HANA” table, allows our surgeons to facilitate this technique. The table allows a surgeon to position the patient’s body and joints in a manner that enables him to replace a hip joint through a single, smaller incision and with minimum trauma to surrounding muscle and other soft tissue.
In most cases, the Jiffy Hip replacement procedure can take 45 minutes to two hours, which is less time than a traditional posterior hip procedure. Patients generally have immediate mobility in the replaced hip, and can be out of bed and walking within 24 hours after surgery. This more rapid recovery allows patients to sit more comfortably, to ride in cars, and to perform more of their regular daily tasks soon after the procedure.
Other benefits of Jiffy Hip replacement surgery include:
- Utilization of cementless implants
We use bone cement to secure a prosthetic joint where there is a risk that surrounding tissue will disturb the implant. With less disruption of soft tissue, a surgeon can reduce or eliminate the need for cement.
- Reduced lateral-side hip pain
Post-surgical lateral hip movement is more fluid when the joint experiences less manipulation during surgery.
- No abductor muscle weakness
In traditional posterior hip replacements, hip abductor muscles may need to be separated from a patient’s pelvis or femur, which results in weakening of the muscles following surgery. Jiffy Hip replacements do not require similar detachments, and the abductor muscles retain much of their pre-surgical strength.
- Substantially less pain
Jiffy Hip replacements can be performed through surgical incisions that are four inches or less. This reduces pain at the incision site, speeds up healing, and reduces scarring.
- Less post-surgical therapy
Most Jiffy Hip replacement patients regain substantially full hip movement after three to six weeks of physical therapy. Younger and healthier patients often recover with only a few days of therapy, if they have any therapy at all.
- Reduced dislocation risks
Muscles can pull on prosthetic joint and dislocate them following surgery, particularly if those muscles were themselves disturbed and are going through their own healing process. As noted, Jiffy Hip replacements minimize any muscle disruption, leading to a much lower risk of replacement joint dislocation.
If you are suffering from chronic hip pain, contact us today to learn if Jiffy Hip Replacement is right for you, or for answers to any of your questions regarding hip or other joint replacements. We look forward to helping you get back in motion!