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Anterior hip surgery helps patient regain what he’d lost
Photo caption: From left, Dr. Khalid Yousuf and Dr. Junaid Makda performed the first anterior hip surgery at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital on Jan. 8. Chuck Anderson (right), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital manager of plant operations and security, was their patient.

Glendale Heights – For four years, the pain in Charles “Chuck” Anderson’s left hip worsened to the point he found it difficult to complete the simplest of tasks, including walking his dogs.

The pain became so intense that medication no longer worked and taking his dogs on the two-mile trek on a path near his Frankfort home became an increasing challenge.

“It got to the point where I thought I couldn’t get home,” he said.

Anderson’s wife tried to convince him to see an orthopedic doctor for his hip pain, but knowing surgery was likely, he wasn’t interested. He’d had first-hand experience with his father’s hip replacement surgery years before and his father’s post-operative experience was not one Anderson wanted. An active cyclist and weekend warrior when he’s not working at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights as the manager of plant operations and security, he had worries about the rehabilitation he’d have to go through post-surgery.

But then Anderson caught news of the arrival of a new hana® table at the hospital, and of the orthopedic surgeons at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Dr. Khalid Yousuf and Dr. Junaid Makda, who would use it to perform anterior hip surgery using the anterior approach to total hip arthroplasty. Its unique patient positioning capabilities allow surgeons to replace the hip through a single incision, anterior approach, without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur. With the anterior approach, many patients experience less pain and reduced rehabilitation time.

On Jan. 8, Anderson became the first patient to be treated with the anterior hip approach at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. Since then, the pain that had dogged him for four years has disappeared.

“Now I can walk my dogs again. And I can walk all through the hospital with no problem,” said Anderson, who returned to work full time on March 4. “I couldn’t keep up with people before. I would always lag behind because I couldn’t move as fast as them. Now I have no problem.”

Hip arthritis, which Anderson was dealing with, is cropping up in people at younger ages now for a variety of reasons, said Makda. One reason is that people, such as Anderson, are often more active than in the past, wearing out their bodies faster. Rising obesity rates can be a factor for others.

Makda said arthritis occurs when the cartilage that covers the end of the bones in the hip joint gets damaged and wears away. In Anderson’s case, one part of his hip bone is bigger than normal, wearing out the bottom portion of that joint over time.

Surgeons have traditionally used a posterior approach to hip surgery, conducting surgery from behind the patient to access their hip bone. That meant cutting into muscle to get to the joint, requiring longer healing time.

With the anterior approach, Makda and Yousuf can access the hip from the front and separate muscles rather than cut into them. This reduces recovery and rehabilitation time, as well as pain following surgery. And there are no restrictions on patients’ movement once they return home, Makda said. In the posterior approach there is, because of a risk of joint dislocation.

“With the anterior approach the muscles aren’t disrupted so the healing is improved,” said Yousuf.

Anderson said he could not have been more pleased with the surgical process. The orthopedic surgeons took the time to answer his questions and fully explained what would happen pre-, during and post-surgery, even giving him the opportunity to see the hardware they would use in his new hip.

And the care he received at the hospital was excellent, he said.

The pain he’d endured for four years slowly took away the things Anderson enjoyed. Then he had the surgery. “Now I’m myself again,” he said.

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Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; (630) 856-2354