New hip replacement technique reduces recovery time

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- More than 300,000 total hip replacement surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC. Now, a new technology allows a quicker recovery with little down time.

Total hip replacements have seen their fair share of controversy; many opt for the surgery know the risk of discomfort from dislocating the hip and muscle re-attaching to faulty joint prosthetics. But now a new technique performed on the Suncoast has even the most athletic back to their daily activities.

Tennis pro Julio Moros is a seasoned athlete. “I play an average of about six, seven hours a day because I'm primarily teaching lessons.”

Then he suffered symptoms of overuse in his left hip. “It felt like a sharp pain all the time, you know. It’s affecting me the way my life was, I couldn’t walk sometimes, walk straight, I felt embarrassed about walking in front of people.”

The pain was so severe he sought relief from Sarasota orthopedic surgeon John Moore who says the technique used on Morose addressed concerns of down time. “The patient lies down on the side and you approach it from above the hip, instead of going from the front or the back,” says Dr. Moore. “So you go straight through, but you don't have to take the hip out of the joint to get there.”

Another benefit is the hip is not dislocated. “The ball stays in the socket the entire time, which takes down less soft tissue, which allows full weight bearing immediately, and you can even go leave the hospital immediately or we've even done these at an outpatient surgery center.”

Joe Massaro of Microport Orthopedics says the technique gives both surgeons and patients better surgical advantages. “Build the implant from the inside out and it spares the external rotators which is quicker recovery, no post op restrictions and the patient can be up and walking in three hours.”

Moros is proof positive. Shortly after surgery he was back on the courts. “I was two weeks later on the tennis court.”

The operation takes about an hour, which is traditional. But depending on health and insurance coverage some patients may have the procedure without general anesthesia or hospital stays, says Dr. Moore. And Moros says he feels like a bionic man.