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Direct Anterior Approach, or “Jiffy Hip,” Hip Replacement

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One of the big revolutions in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery is the muscle-sparing “jiffy hip” replacement. Named for the fast recovery patients can have from the procedure, this innovative approach allows allows orthopaedic surgeons to remove the damaged hip joint by separating the muscles and ligaments instead of cutting through them.

As a result of the muscle-sparing approach, patients experience immediate function in the hip joint and greatly reduced rehabilitation time. “Jiffy Hip” patients return to full activity much more quickly than traditional surgery patients. In fact, after surgery, most patients are immediately bending their new joint and are often up and walking within hours of the surgery.

In the direct anterior approach, only a single incision is required to access the joint. This means less disturbance to the surrounding muscle tissue. Another benefit to patients is the reduced size of the incision; the length of the jiffy hip scar is only 3-4 inches – less than half the scar length of a traditional hip replacement surgery (10-12 inches).

An experienced surgeon can perform these anterior hip procedures with remarkable speed. These operations typically take about 45 minutes. And the results using the minimally invasive anterior approach are excellent.

We invite you to contact Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists today to learn more about our joint replacement services in Virginia. We are proud to offer a full continuum of care to patients in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, and throughout Virginia.