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The Hipper Hip Procedure: December 6, 2012

To look at Jennifer Inskeep…

“I’m an active person,” says Jennifer Inskeep.
You would never guess she’s had a double hip replacement.

“I was very tired of hurting every time I did something active. Golf - I was miserable for days after I swung a golf club. I was hurting, riding a bike. So I decided it was not worth it,” says Inskeep.
It was a big decision, having both joints replaced in one operation. She was happy to learn her surgeon wanted to take a different approach.
There was nothing unusual about the artificial hips. What set this procedure apart was the way they her surgeon went in. Using the ‘anterior’ approach, he entered the hip from the front rather than the rear or side.
“You don’t move any muscles or tendons off the bone, so you’re basically separating and pushing the muscles apart as opposed to cutting them and splitting them. That procedure done correctly dramatically improves pain control and recovery times compared to standard hip replacements,” says Dr. Ed Humbert, orthopedic surgeon on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff.

The traditional, posterior approach goes through the backside. Cutting the body’s largest muscle creates a higher risk for hip dislocations. Going through the front is less complicated.

“It’s a safer hip for the life of the hip, through an approach that you’re not cutting the soft tissue that naturally protect the hips,” says Dr. Humbert.

Inskeep was up and walking the next day. And has never looked back.

“Any time you can make surgery shorter, easier and less painful with better results, I think the patient is better off,” says Inskeep.
“I do about 400 hip replacements a year and every single one is through an anterior approach now,” says Dr. Humbert.
Making it the safer, hipper, hip procedure.