Orthopedic doc to talk about anterior hip replacement at free lecture

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John Wang, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, will present a free lecture on anterior hip replacement on July 26. The lecture, which is open to the public, is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Boynton Branch Library (9451 S. Jog Road, Boynton Beach).

During traditional hip replacement surgery, surgeons cut muscles and other tissue at the back to access the hip joint. Anterior hip replacement takes a different approach, with surgeons making an incision at the front of the hip to access the joint.

One advantage of anterior approach is there’s less major muscle damage, so recoveries tend to be faster and less painful. Some also say anterior hip replacement patients are less likely to dislocate their new hips and they get better range of motion than their traditional hip replacement counterparts. Another possible upside with the anterior approach is a shorter hospital stay.

Potential disadvantages, according to an article on the topic on Arthritis-health.com, include that people who are obese or very muscular may not make good candidates, and it’s a technically-demanding procedure. The message there: Find an orthopedic surgeon experienced in the anterior approach.

Total hip joint replacement surgery is common. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons announced in March 2014 that 2.5 Million Americans were living with an artificial hip and 4.7 million with an artificial knee.

To register for the lecture, call the library at (561) 734-5556. The lecture is posted on Bethesda Hospital East’s website.