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Anterior Hip Replacement Technique Has Patients Walking — and Talking

Marilyn Cicciu has had both of her hips replaced. The surgery on her second hip, however, was performed last November by Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute surgeons John Von Thron, MD and Dale Whitaker, MD at Baptist Beaches using the anterior approach—with very different results.

“Each time before the surgery, I was in so much pain I could barely walk,” Marilyn said. “The first one, I spent five nights in the hospital and needed 10 days of extensive rehab.”

“The second time, I stayed the night after the surgery and then went home!” Marilyn said. “And I could walk right away, without a limp, whereas after the first hip replacement, they wouldn’t allow me to put pressure on it for six weeks.”

The approach to the hip from the front has been used for at least 10 years in the U.S., and has numerous benefits.

“We can see the exact position of all the components at the time of surgery,” explained Dr. Whitaker. “The patient is lying flat on a special table, so it’s easier to use X-ray. That means we can get a precise placement of the components.”

Dr. Von Thron added, “It’s less invasive surgery. The incisions are smaller and we’re able to perform the surgery with greater precision and safety.”

For Marilyn, the procedure improved her quality of life. “My hip replacement at Baptist eliminated my pain and, with the new technique, I was up and walking around immediately,” she said. “I’m just delighted.”

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Steven M. Crenshaw, MD

Steven M. Crenshaw, MD

Specialties: Hip, Mako Robot Assisted Hip Joint Replacement, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, MAKO Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing, Shoulder, Sports Medicine, Pediatrics for 15 years or older

Office Location(s): San Marco

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Carl Freeman, MD

Carl Freeman, MD

Specialties: Hip Preservation and Reconstruction Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Surgery, Sports Medicine, MAKO Robot-Assisted Joint Replacement, Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement

Office Location(s): San Marco

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Brett P. Frykberg, MD

Brett P. Frykberg, MD

Specialties: Hip, Mako Robot Assisted Hip Joint Replacement, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, MAKO Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing, Sports Medicine

Office Location(s): San Marco

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Timothy R. Hastings, MD

Timothy R. Hastings, MD

Specialties: Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand, Hip, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Office Location(s): Baptist Beaches

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Gregory C. Keller, MD

Gregory C. Keller, MD

Specialties: Back and Neck Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Hip Surgery, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement Surgery, Knee Surgery, Hand & Wrist, Foot & Ankle, Elbow

Office Location(s): Baptist South, San Marco

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Steven J. Lancaster, MD

Steven J. Lancaster, MD

Specialties: Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand, Hip, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Office Location(s): Baptist Beaches

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Stanton L. Longenecker, MD

Stanton L. Longenecker, MD

Specialties: Hip, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Office Location(s): Riverside

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R. Stephen Lucie, MD

R. Stephen Lucie, MD

Specialties: Joint Replacement, Knee, MAKO Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing, Shoulder, Sports Medicine, Anterior Hip Repair/Replacement, Mako Robot Assisted Hip Joint Replacement

Office Location(s): San Marco

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Megan Manthe, MD

Megan Manthe, MD

Specialties: Total Knee Replacement, Anterior Total Hip Replacement, Total Hip and Knee Revision Surgery, Hip Decompression and Stem Cell Treatment for Hip Avascular Necrosis (AVN), Revision Joint Replacement, Fracture Management, General Orthopaedics

Office Location(s): JOI Nassau

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Richard A. Picerno II, MD

Richard A. Picerno II, MD

Specialties: Hip, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Office Location(s): Baptist South

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William G. Pujadas, MD

William G. Pujadas, MD

Specialties: Hip, Mako Robot Assisted Hip Joint Replacement, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, MAKO Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Office Location(s): San Marco

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M. John Von Thron, MD

M. John Von Thron, MD

Specialties: Back and Neck, Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand, Hip, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Office Location(s): Baptist Beaches

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Dale A. Whitaker, MD

Dale A. Whitaker, MD

Specialties: Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand, Hip, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, MAKO Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Office Location(s): Baptist Beaches

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Edward D. Young, MD

Edward D. Young, MD

Specialties: Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand, Hip, Anterior Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Office Location(s): Baptist Beaches

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