Less painful hip replacements done as outpatient surgery

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BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Karen Klarmen-Willliams and Anthony Avallone both had their right, arthritic hips replaced, opting for hips in a day as outpatients at Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists.

“While the results long-term are no better than any other way of doing hip replacement, the initial recovery rate is much faster,” said surgeon Dr. Phil Minotti. He specializes in direct anterior minimally invasive hip replacement, going through the front of the hip rather than the side or rear.

“I feel if you can get the parts in there perfectly and do it in such a way and do less muscle damage, then you are going to be moving much, much quicker,” said Dr. Minotti.

“Immediately, I was mobile and the pain was gone; the hip pain that was bothering me was gone,” said Klarmen-Willliams.

A patient’s age is also a factor. Klarmen-Willliams is 55-years old. Avallone had the surgery at age 43.

“They tend to be younger, healthier, without multiple medical problems co-existing,” said Dr. Minotti.

Patients are given local anesthesia.

“Their legs are asleep from the waist down,” said said Dr. Minotti. “They generally take a nap during surgery, so certainly the fact that you’re not using general anesthesia makes people get up and move faster.”

Recovery has been relatively easy for patients who want to stay active.

“I was walking around like an 85-year-old man with severe arthritis,” Avallone said.

“When you are able to walk upstairs within three to four hours after having the surgery, that’s pretty impressive,” he continued.

Dr. Minotti says most of his patients are on Motrin or Tylenol by the end of the first week.

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