Dr. Philip Minotti, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists and resident of Orange CT, was featured in the media recently concerning his use of a new outpatient hip replacement surgery.
In an interview with WTNH News 8, Dr. Minotti noted the benefits of this new procedure. “The initial recovery rate is much faster than other hip replacement surgeries,” he explained. “That’s why I think this type of surgery has grown over the years in success and popularity.” According to Dr. Minotti, since the 1990s the average hospital stay for hip replacement surgery has been three days.
Anthony Avallone, is a patient of Dr. Minotti who had the surgery in December, 2014. In a New Haven Register article he described his pain and the quick relief Dr. Minotti’s surgery afforded him. “Things like going out with your family to the mall, going on vacation (were) not an option anymore,” noted Mr. Avallone. “I went in for an appointment on Monday, had surgery at 7, was out of surgery by 9, in recovery, walking by 12:30, walking up stairs and I left by 5.”
In the same article, Karen Klarman-Williams, also a patient of Dr. Minotti, described her experience with outpatient hip replacement surgery. “Everything was painful. It interfered with my sleep. I couldn’t walk. Putting my shoes on was a problem, getting in and out of the car was a problem. Getting up and down stairs was a challenge,” Ms. Klarman-Williams revealed. “As soon as I woke up in recovery, the hip pain was gone. I was home by 4 o’clock the same day as (my) surgery.”
Dr. Minotti explained his approach in an interview with WFSB Eyewitness News 3. “It’s called the direct anterior approach. The idea is, you can put the parts in with less trauma to the body, and less pain, and quicker return to function.” According to Dr. Minotti, a traditional hip replacement surgery involves an incision on the side or back of the hip and causes some muscles and tendons to detach. In the direct anterior approach, it involves an incision on the front of the hip without detachment of any muscles or tendons.