Jason Jackson knew he needed hip replacement surgery.
He was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, which disrupts the blood supply to the bone, causing bone breakdown. As a result, Jason’s pain forced him to use a cane to get around. The only way to stop his pain was to replace his hip joint.
“When my hips started giving out, I thought I’d never walk again,” says Jason. But within two years, both of Jason’s hips were replaced, reducing his pain and restoring his active lifestyle. Michael Welker, MD, Kettering Health Network orthopedic surgeon, performed both total joint hip replacements using the anterior incision approach.
“Dr. Welker was amazing and helped take away my fear,” says Jason. “He helped me know what to expect and took the time to listen to me. And the hospital made me feel like I was their only patient.”
Jason’s post-operative recovery was minimal because the hip replacement was performed through an anterior approach, which goes through less muscle than other procedures.
“However, not everyone is a candidate,” says Dr. Welker. “Jason was a perfect candidate for anterior hip replacement. He is young and wanted to get back to activity as soon as possible. The anterior approach gave him a faster rehab because it causes less soft tissue damage.”
After Jason’s second hip replacement, his rehab was complete in just three weeks. Even for candidates older than Jason, the anterior approach offers reduced recovery time.
“I am thankful to be active with my family again. No cane, no crutches, and I have a pain-free life,” says Jason. “I can walk around King’s Island with my kids—and not be in pain.”
Jason not only walks without pain, he is returning to some of his favorite activities. “I’m back out on the green playing golf,” he says.
4 POINTS TO PONDER
When selecting your surgeon and hospital for joint surgery, you want the best. Consider these crucial points: