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Posterior Approach Total Hip Replacement

Joint Replacement Center - SurgeriesFor patients undergoing a "traditional" total hip replacement, a posterior approach is used to access the diseased hip joint, remove and resurface arthritic bone and implant the replacement joint. A prosthetic joint is specially selected by the surgeon to match the patient's anatomy. The metal ball joint of the prosthesis fits into a metal or metal and plastic socket, allowing for smooth, friction-free movement.

The Joint Replacement Center surgical team, lead by our highly skilled surgeons, perform more hip replacement surgeries than at any other hospital in Maine. Their expertise includes a variety of approaches, including total hip replacements, small-incision minimally invasive hip replacements and resurfacing hip replacements.

Pain management and use of anesthesia is important and may impact your recovery from surgery.  It is essential that you discuss options with your surgeon and the anesthesiologist.  Factors to consider include:

  • Your past experience wtih anesthesia
  • Your current health and physicial condition
  • Your reaction to medications
  • Risks involved
  • Preference of the surgical team

An integrated team approach to caring for patients at the comprehensive Joint Replacement Center leads to improved outcomes, faster recovery and high patient satisfaction.

Patient Testimonials

We invite you to hear what some of our patients have to say about their experience with posterior approach total hip replacement at the Joint Replacement Center.