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SRO Surgeon Nathan Ehmer Announces Less Invasive Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery to Help Speed Recovery Time
Date:7/24/2014

Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 332,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States each year. Dr. Ehmer at Santa Rosa Orthopedics (SRO) is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in orthopedic trauma, complex fracture care, and pelvic & acetabular reconstruction. He specializes in performing hip replacements using the anterior approach, a minimally invasive technique that requires special training and allows for quicker recovery than traditional methods.

Successful hip replacement relieves pain, restores overall function, and allows patients to return to normal activities. There is a range of surgical approaches that orthopedic surgeons utilize to access the hip joint, named according to the direction that the surgery is performed:

  •     the back of the hip, Posterior Approach (most common)
  •     the side of the hip, Lateral or Anterolateral Approach (least common)
  •     the front of the leg, Anterior Approach (gaining popularity)

Trauma specialist Dr. Nathan Ehmer, fellowship trained in orthopedic trauma with emphasis on pelvis and hip reconstructive surgery, is the first surgeon to offer the anterior approach to total hip replacement at both Sutter Hospital and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa. As a trauma surgeon for the two Santa Rosa hospital emergency departments, Dr. Ehmer is also the first in the area to offer the anterior approach for select hip fracture patients who require partial or total hip replacement, as well as for degenerative hip disease.

Anterior vs. Posterior

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