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ANCHOR LEAD: WHICH SURGICAL APPROACH IS BEST FOR HIP REPLACEMENT?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Hip replacement surgery is a compelling medical success story, with most people now accepting the idea that they may one day need such an operation.  But many aspects of the surgery have undergone substantial revision, including performing the operation through very small incisions, in a so called minimally invasive approach.  Simon Mears, chair of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview, is modest in claiming how much success can be attributed to the surgical approach.

MEARS: More of it actually relates to the things around surgery rather than the exact approach itself.  So while there are different ways to do the surgery itself through smaller incisions and I currently use an approach where I use two small incisions, I think more of this turns out to be the patient, how they feel their recovery should be, how we can get their strength up before, how much we encourage them to get up and get moving and get recovered, so its an interesting journey and it continues to evolve.   :30

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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