Anterior Hip Replacement

The hip is one of the main weight bearing joints in your body. And while hip pain can be caused by deformity or by direct injury, like trauma or a sports injury, the most common cause of hip pain is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. The symptoms of a hip problem are often obvious – limping, joint pain, swelling, loss of motion – all of which can really slow your life down. Typically, these telltale signs occur when the cartilage becomes worn, and the underlying bone develops spurs and various irregularities. Whether from disease or trauma, the anterior hip replacement approach may be your best choice.

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Here’s why

This minimally invasive surgery uses a non-traditional approach to hip replacement, enabling the surgeon to access the hip joint from the front rather than from the side or back of the hip and without cutting major muscles.

The advantages of anterior hip replacement over conventional surgery are considerable:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Smaller incision
  • Less muscle trauma
  • Reduced pain, blood loss and risk of dislocation
  • More accurate leg length control and a faster return to normal activities

Patients who have the anterior procedure also enjoy a better range of motion and, importantly, find that in the recovery process, the hip precautions outlined for traditional hip replacement are unnecessary. In fact, most patients who undergo anterior incision hip replacement at Adventist Health and Rideout return home the day after surgery.

About Dr. Kurdin

Anton Kurdin, MD is the Yuba-Sutter region’s only orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in hip and knee replacement surgery. He is currently spearheading the joint replacement program at Adventist Health and Rideout. His expertise includes minimally invasive techniques, particularly the direct anterior approach for hip replacements. This approach is muscle sparing and is associated with faster recovery for patients. He also specializes in total and partial knee replacements and complex primary and revision surgery. He is highly regarded by his patients and peers and is motivated by seeing his patients get back to doing what they love.

Dr. Kurdin completed his fellowship at the prestigious Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, one of the top programs in North America. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency and a Master of Science degree in medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada. He earned his medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Kurdin attended the University of Western Ontario where he earned a bachelor’s degree in medical science and was awarded the title of Western Scholar.

After completing his training, Dr. Kurdin continues his involvement in the hip and knee reconstruction through research and education. He has provided numerous seminars on treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis and has presented his research at national meetings. He is a member of Team Broken Earth, a medical relief organization, and volunteered his expertise in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in 2010. Dr. Kurdin is married, with two young children. In his personal time, Dr. Kurdin loves to hike outdoors with his family, and enjoys playing tennis and soccer.

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