May 29, 2014 8:01 AM by Elizabeth Hill

Living Right: Taking the fear out of joint replacement

"I was out of sorts, let's just leave it at that"

A life long runner, Greg Roberts decided it was finally time to see the doctor.

"I started to notice I had some lingering pain and I thought it was muscle quite frankly and I tried to stretch it out."

His doctor determined it was hip arthritis and Roberts opted to go for a full joint replacement.

"The prosthetic joint mimics the natural anatomy of the hip and therefore it functions like a hip," says orthopedic surgeon Dr. Adam perry.

A hip replacement is major surgery, but thanks to a unique method of going through the front of the hip instead of the back or side, Dr. Perry, says recovery doesn't have to take months.

"It's a muscle sparing approach and it exploits and interval of the muscle instead of going through a muscle."

Roberts says he only missed about two weeks of work.

"You've got to follow the doctors orders before and post surgery and get to the physical therapist and follow their instructions."

"I tell people all the time, I set the stage at the time of surgery, but they have to carry out the play."

Roberts says he has no pain now and hopes his experience will encourage others to get to the doctor.

"It's the fear of the unknown, ya know, what goes on and most importantly what's the recovery like."

Dr. Perry says a special operating table available at Our Lady of Lourdes makes the anterior approach to this surgery much more efficient. He says it's not required, but it does help.  If you are interested in learning more about joint replacement click here.


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