Just three weeks after orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Louis performed Direct Anterior Approach hip replacement surgery on Cynthia Matyus, 50, of Orland Park, she enjoyed the freedom of wearing high heels with no fear of ‘walking funny.’ Several months after that, she helped move her daughter into a college dorm room all by herself.
“Before my hip replacement surgery, I felt so old. Crossing the parking lot and walking in public in general was embarrassing,” Cynthia explained. “Now, post-surgery, I have my life back and I can do things I have not done in years.”
Cynthia rebounded so quickly because the Direct Anterior Approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip, as opposed to the side or posterior in traditional hip replacement surgery. This allows the hip to be replaced without detaching muscle from the pelvis or femur. Consequently, the important gluteal muscles, which play a key role in hip function, are less affected than with traditional hip replacement surgery. Dr. Louis has performed over 250 successful Direct Anterior Approach procedures on Chicago and Northwest Indiana area patients.
“Cynthia was a perfect candidate for this new procedure because she was in pain and wanted to get back to her active lifestyle as quickly as possible,” Dr. Louis explains. “This less-invasive approach is much easier on the patient because there is less tissue and muscle damage involved in the surgery.”
Cynthia, a stay-at-home mother and wife, had no time for hip pain. She was concerned about keeping up with her two teenage daughters who both love to shop.
When her hip pain increased last year, she took the advice of a friend and contacted Dr. Louis who performs his surgeries at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and now trains other Hinsdale Orthopaedic surgeons in this technique. She enjoyed his casual manner, sense of humor and felt comfortable asking him questions. When she described her pain and other symptoms, they discussed the Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement procedure. Before she left his office during the consultation, she had a surgery date scheduled.
Cynthia continues to feel great and enjoys the same, active lifestyle she enjoyed before her hip pain began.
Free Informational Seminar
Dr. Steven Louis of Hinsdale Orthopaedics is hosting a free seminar for patients to learn more about the Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement surgery on Tuesday, October 25, 7 pm in the Taylor Room, Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive in Bolingbrook. To register, please call 1.630.986.8749. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on Dr. Steven Louis and to download a free brochure on the Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement, visit http://www.anterior-hip-surgery.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/DrLouisDirectAntApproach.pdf