Need Hip Replacement? New Anterior Approach Offers Option

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Fort Walton Beach (FWB) Medical Center now offers the anterior approach as an option for patients needing a total hip replacement. Total hip replacement with anterior approach refers to surgeries done from in front of the hip. These surgeries may also be called mini, modified, minimally invasive, or muscle-sparing surgeries. Using the anterior approach allows the surgeon to do the surgery through a smaller surgical cut (incision). The cut is in the front of the hip rather than in the side or back, like in traditional hip replacements. Dr. Thomas Seales and Dr. Leo Chen, orthopedic surgeons at FWB Medical Center, are the only two physicians currently using the anterior approach at FWB Medical Center.

The anterior approach has some additional benefits that many patients enjoy when they choose this method of hip replacement. These include:
Less Major Muscle Damage: Because the anterior approach avoids cutting through muscle, this allows for less damage to occur as a result of the surgery. It also means surgeons don’t have to make repairs to these muscles once the operation is complete.
Less Pain: Patients typically don’t experience as much pain because the surgeon doesn’t have to cut through muscle.

Quicker Recovery: After the surgery is complete, patients are encouraged to move and bear weight as soon as it’s comfortable. This is often not possible with posterior hip replacements.

Decreased Risk of Hip Dislocation: The muscles and soft tissue around the hip naturally prevent it from dislocating. When these are cut, as with the posterior method, there is a greater risk of hip dislocation. The anterior technique avoids this by not cutting into the muscle.

FWB Medical Center Receives Highest Rating for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has again achieved a 3-star rating for Coronary Artery Bypass surgery from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. This is the highest category of quality awarded by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for this procedure. In 2018, only 10-15% of hospitals in the nation received the “3 star” rating. In the current analysis of national data covering the period from January 2018 through December 2018, the Coronary Artery Bypass surgery performance at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center occupies a position in this highest quality tier, thereby receiving a STS 3 – star rating.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a national database of heart surgery operations. For each of the four measures, STS compares a group’s performance with the average performance of all the groups in the database. For survival and complications, the results are adjusted for the overall health of a group’s patients, since some surgical groups treat older or sicker patients than others. The overall heart bypass rating combines the scores from those four measures. For each individual performance measure, as well as the overall rating, groups that score significantly above average get three stars, average performers get two stars, and those that score significantly below average get one star.