Hip replacement surgery breakthroughs shorten recovery time


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on February 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 24 at 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Hip replacement surgery has come a long way. In this medical breakthrough , Norton's Orthopedic Center is replacing hips and joints in a new way that has one Louisville woman not only back on her feet but preparing for a mini-marathon.

Inside the training studio, co-owner Stacey Hardin works hard to help her clients get into their best shape and there's no time to slow down.

Hardin is the picture of fitness, but years of training and running has taken its toll.

Hardin had a hip injury and arthritis in her hips - so she had not one but two hip replacements.

The first in 2006 on her left hip, the second in 2010 on her right.

She said prior to the surgery it was non stop pain.

"I had people telling me they can't stand watching me walk. It was very painful. I was on four Advil three times a day and that was just to knock the edge off," Hardin said.
Hardin said she went to Norton's Orthopedic Specialists where they performed an anterior hip replacement.
Dr. Jonathan Yerasimides performed Hardin's surgery. He said the surgery requires one incision made in the front  rather than the rear.
"The incision is more up to the front of the thigh rather than a traditional posterior approach which would be more on the buttock. So its not directly on the front surface of the thigh but its more where a pant pocket would be,"   Yerasimides said.

After making the incision, doctors then go in to remove bone and replace it with titanium.

"You can see the stem down the middle of the femur, with the ball that snaps onto the stem, then the artificial socket with the liner and that forms the new hip joint," Yerasimides said.

Six weeks after each surgery,Hardin was up and running - literally.

"I can't emphasize enough about these hip replacements and the way that they do them now. It's not anything like it used to be," Hardin said.

Surgeons said they prefer this type of procedure for many reasons. Mostly because there is a quicker recovery time, less scarring and patients can typically get back to their normal routines with six to eight weeks.