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Anterior Hip Replacement

Many people suffering with arthritis and hip pain/stiffness may be candidates for a less invasive hip replacement procedure - the anterior approach. This surgical option may mean a shorter recovery period and quicker return to daily lifestyle than with most traditional hip replacement procedures. The anterior approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side) or posterior (back) approach. From the front, the most important muscles for hip function - the gluteal muscles that attach to the pelvis and femur - are left undisturbed and, therefore, do not require healing.

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Therapy Services

Whether you are recovering from a broken bone, muscle injury or surgery, regaining mobility, strength, flexibility and endurance are a key part of your recovery. Every individual has different goals and expectations in recovery, so our rehabilitation specialists provide a customized plan that incorporates the unique goals and abilities of each person. The therapy team at Lakeside Physicians team includes professionals trained in physical and occupational therapy.

Physical therapists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with muscular, bone, joint and sport injuries and conditions. We address all severity levels, evaluating and treating patients for movement impairments.

Occupational therapists specialize in caring for people with physical, developmental or emotional challenges by helping them improve their ability to perform daily activities - everything from eating, bathing and dressing to using a computer, getting in and out of the car, or running errands. Occupational therapists can recommend a variety of ways for patients to adapt their environment to enhance independence.

Our goal is to get you back to normal as soon as possible. In addition to providing post-surgical services, such as after a joint replacement, common conditions treated include:

  • Arthritis/degenerative joint disease
  • Back/neck pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Decreased motor coordination
  • Orthopedic and sports injuries
  • Rheumatic conditions/fibromyalgia
  • Shoulder and knee problems
  • Vertigo
  • Movement and balance disorders
  • Work-related injuries
  • Hand and elbow diseases and injuries
  • Splint fabrication
  • Transfer mobility training

Physical therapy is offered to Lakeside Physicians patients in both Granbury and Glen Rose:

1301 Paluxy Road
Granbury, TX 76048
(right across the street from LGMC)
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Glen Rose
507 SW Big Bend Trail, Suite F
Glen Rose, TX 76043
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Occupational therapy services are offered to Lakeside Physicians patients at 1301 Paluxy Road in Granbury, right across the street from the hospital.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is orthopedics, and how do I choose an orthopedic surgeon?

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on diagnosing and treating injuries, diseases and disorders affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. Collectively, these parts of the body are also known as the musculoskeletal system.

Choosing an orthopedic surgeon is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Does the provider have experience treating your specific condition and the appropriate education and credentials?
  • Does your insurance provider cover the services of this provider?
  • Are there any patient reviews and other feedback available online that may give you an idea of what the care experience would be like with this provider?
  • Have you considered recommendations from family, friends or your primary care provider?

Regardless of other factors, we recommend selecting someone with whom you feel comfortable communicating. A good surgeon will take the time to answer your questions and explain possible treatment options in a way that you can understand.

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What is minimally invasive joint replacement surgery?

Minimally invasive joint replacement surgery is an orthopedic procedure used to treat pain, stiffness and disability caused by various joint-related problems. The benefits of minimally invasive joint replacement surgery include a shorter recovery time, less pain, less risk of infection and reduced scarring than traditional, open surgery.

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Is joint replacement surgery the only option for my joint pain?

Surgery is often a treatment for joint pain, but it is not the only option, nor the first option usually recommended. Other therapies may provide relief depending on the cause and severity of your joint pain. Conservative, non-surgical treatments include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections and lifestyle changes that may be sufficient to address your joint pain. However, if these treatments are ineffective, surgery may be the best course to reduce pain and improve joint function.

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Are there weight requirements for joint replacement surgery?

A healthy weight is often recommended before surgery. Studies indicate that patients with a BMI of 30 or higher are almost twice as likely to experience joint replacement complications than those with BMIs under 30. However, weight is not the only factor determining if someone is a good candidate for joint replacement surgery. Other factors such as age, activity level, lifestyle and the patient's overall health are considered by the orthopedic surgeon.

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What is the cost of joint replacement surgery, and will my insurance cover that cost?

Out-of-pocket costs vary from patient to patient for many complex reasons, including the services provided and differences in insurance coverage and plans. Please contact us before scheduling surgery to obtain the most accurate cost estimate, information about our financial assistance programs and a better understanding of your insurance coverage. We also offer an online price estimator.

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Following a joint replacement surgery, will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?

Though length of time needed can differ by procedure, many joint surgeries generally take one to three hours. Hospital stays vary depending on the patient, but returning home on the day of your surgery is possible for patients who are healthy enough. Your care team will advise you about how best to prepare for your surgery and if your case requires you to stay overnight for treatment and observation.

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How long does it take to heal from joint replacement surgery?

After surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room. Your orthopedic surgeon will provide you with specific instructions for post-surgery care, including taking pain medications, participating in physical therapy, using assistive devices such as crutches or a walker and avoiding activities that can stress the affected joint.

Studies show most people return to sedentary jobs six to eight weeks after surgery. For more strenuous jobs, people often return in eight to 12 weeks. Your post-surgical care depends upon the procedure, and your care team will advise you on specific activities to avoid. This can include sleep and sitting positions, particular movements and high-impact sports.

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What are the risks of joint replacement surgery?

While most surgery patients experience little-to-no complications, any surgery has risks of infection, blood clotting or nerve damage. Let your surgeon know if you fall into risk categories due to smoking, heart issues or allergies.

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