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Today’s Hip Replacements Have Shorter Recovery Times and Longer-Lasting Results

hip replacement photo_8in wide 1.3 megsIf you suffer from persistent hip pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, an injury, or joint deterioration, a hip replacement could both relieve pain and improve mobility.

During the procedure, your damaged hip joint is replaced with implants that recreate the ball and socket of a healthy hip. Most patients can return to an active lifestyle after hip replacement, often becoming more mobile than they had been for years while suffering from hip pain.

While it is not uncommon for your doctor to recommend a hip replacement to those suffering from chronic hip pain, many people still think of the procedure as the last step to treating hip problems.  They fear post-operative complications and months of recovery time. However, the procedure has made tremendous strides in the last few years.  “New technology and new approaches have made hip replacement surgery less invasive, with decreased recovery time,” says specialist Dr. Robert Deveney of the Total Joint Center at Danbury Orthopedics.  “In fact, some minimally invasive approaches, when medically appropriate, can have patients on their feet within days of surgery.”

New Approaches to Hip Replacement

The anterior approach gently pushes muscles and surrounding tissue apart, sparing the muscle tissue from trauma. This enables a much faster recovery and a quicker return to normal function after the operation. It also results in fewer post-operative restrictions than other types of hip replacement surgeries. Ask your orthopedist if you are a candidate for this procedure.

There is also a new, minimally-invasive procedure called a Mini-Posterolateral total hip replacement, which allows for a small incision, no cutting of the abductor muscles aand full weight bearing immediately after surgery. Shorter recovery time and fewer post-operative complications are observed with this procedure.

New Materials Last Longer

In addition, hip sockets are now often being replaced with ceramic or plastic materials, instead of metal. These newer materials are significantly less corrosive and result in improved joint longevity. “State-of-the-art materials and leading edge technology have made hip replacement a very strong option for so many people these days,” says Dr. Deveney. “We are eager to inform patients about all the options so they can make the best decision for themselves and get back to their active lives.”

About Danbury Orthopedics

Danbury Orthopedics, founded in 1954, is a multi-specialty practice staffed by leaders in orthopedic care; the practice is a member of OrthoConnecticut, along with New Milford Orthopedics and Coastal Orthopedics, providing comprehensive care to the community. The practice’s Centers of Excellence provide integrated treatment, offering individualized and compassionate care by a team of specialists. The goal of the practice is to help patients regain mobility, lead active lives and attain optimal well-being. To make an appointment with any of the practice’s specialists, please visit dortho.com or call 203.797.1500.

How Do You Prevent Winter Sports Injuries? The Pros at Danbury Orthopedics Give Tips

iStock-153765931Winter is the time some sports enthusiasts look forward to enjoying skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and more.  However, winter is also when orthopedists see many injuries related to those very sports.

Most Common Winter Injuries Orthopedists See

According to Dr. Angelo Ciminiello, a Sports Medicine Specialist at Danbury Orthopedics, the most common injuries he sees this time of year are torn ACLs from skiers, broken or fractured wrists from snow boarders and skaters, and many concussions.

Proper Gear Can Prevent Common Injuries

He recommends always wearing a helmet for any of these winter sports, since this simple step can prevent a serious concussion.  To prevent against broken wrists, he suggests using a specialized glove with a wrist guard built-in, which can help prevent a fracture.  Wearing mouth guards and other protective equipment when playing hockey is also a must.

For skiers, be sure the bindings are appropriate for your weight and height so they will disengage when needed.  A torn ACL occurs when the foot is planted and the knee is turned.  If the bindings release your foot after a fall, you are less likely to tear the ACL.

How to Determine if the Injury is Serious

How do you know if you’ve torn your ACL? “You usually hear a pop in the knee, followed by swelling and pain when putting weight on the knee.  If that happens see an orthopedist immediately,” Dr. Ciminiello advises.  The same holds true for a broken wrist.  If you have swelling after a fall and are unable to use the hand properly, see an orthopedist.  “Do not take a wait and see attitude, since immediate treatment will result in a much more successful recovery,” he adds.

Stretching Really is Important for Injury Prevention

Stretching, too, is important for all winter sports. Athletes who play winter outdoor sports are often cold before they begin playing, so stretching your muscles helps warm them up and prevents hamstring pulls and other injuries.  This includes winter outdoor runners, too.

The Premiere Sports Injury Practice in the Region

Danbury Orthopedics treats more than 2,000 sports injury cases each year — from ACL and rotator cuff surgeries to complicated multi-ligament injuries to tendonitis. They are also at the forefront of concussion management.

With offices in Danbury, Ridgefield and Southbury, Danbury Orthopedics is the area’s premier multi-specialty orthopedic practice. The Sports Medicine Center at Danbury Orthopedics is dedicated to the complete care of the athlete — from professional, collegiate and high school athletes to recreational, youth players and weekend warriors. The Sports Medicine Center specializes in sports injury treatment and rehabilitation through both surgical and non-surgical techniques.  The team of four fellowship-trained Sports Medicine Specialty Physicians include: Dr. Michael G. Brand, Dr. Angelo Ciminiello, Dr. J. Albert Diaz and Dr. Ross Henshaw.  Walk-in orthopedic urgent care services for injuries are also available at the group’s OrthoCare Express location at 2 Riverview Drive at Berkshire Office Park in Danbury, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.