PHOENIX, Aug. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Michael Wilmink of OrthoArizona is leading the minimally invasive approach of how hip replacements are done. Hip replacements are notorious for being complex with an overnight stay at the hospital. The surgeons at OrthoArizona have now taken the next logical step with refinement of this procedure to allow patients to have their hip replaced at Gateway Surgery Center and go home the same day. Patients are able to leave the surgery center approximately 3-4 hours after their surgery, walking with a walker and ready to start their rehabilitation.
"Anterior Hip Replacements have enabled surgeons to replace the hip and let patients walk again with minimal pain, faster mobilization, and an easier recovery. The surgeons in our group introduced this procedure to Phoenix in 2007 and we have observed that numerous patients did not want to stay overnight in the hospital and they were ready to go home on the same day of their surgery. With the help of a specialized anesthesia team and operating room table at Gateway, we can now send patients home the same day." – Dr. Michael Wilmink
Some benefits of this approach to hip replacement are:
- Reduced pain
- Reduced muscle trauma
- Same day surgery & release (no overnight hospital stay)
- Decreased patient's costs for the procedure typically due to lower out of pocket deductibles seen at outpatient surgery centers as compared to hospitals
- Lower infection rates seen at outpatient surgery centers as compared to hospitals
Here are a few comments from the first outpatient anterior hip replacement patient of Dr. Wilmink.
"I had two surgeries exactly eight weeks apart. I woke up after the second surgery, reached for my walker and went, holy cow I don't think I need it."
"It's no longer waking up and wondering how much pain I'm going to be in, it's waking up in the morning and saying, man this feels great. I have my life back."
OrthoArizona is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, our top rated and board certified orthopedic surgeons strive to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all our treatment plans as a way to alleviate possible future difficulties.
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