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Direct anterior total hip replacement now available at Inova Fairfax Hospital

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Inova Fairfax Hospital is pleased to offer osteoarthritis patients Direct Anterior Hip Replacement closer to home

Traditionally, total hip replacement procedures have resulted in relief from arthritis pain. Unfortunately, lengthy recovery times and numerous post-surgery precautions, including limitations on how far the hip can bend, have been part of the package. Today, the Joint Replacement Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital offers an alternative approach to hip surgery that offers quality-of-life benefits: direct anterior total hip replacement.

Faster Recovery, Less Pain

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Dr. Michael Anvari, Orthopedic Surgeon

“Direct anterior total hip replacement is a more modern technique, and what makes it better is that, instead of cutting the muscles, surgeons work between them,” says Michael Anvari, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Inova Fairfax. “This results in less pain, faster recovery and a faster return to activities.”

Leaving the muscles intact also helps keep the hip joint more stable, which lessens the risk of dislocation. “And because the joint is more stable, traditional post-surgical precautions are not needed after surgery,” Dr. Anvari notes.

Previously, patients requesting direct anterior total hip replacements needed to travel to Inova Mount Vernon Hospital for the procedure. Dr. Anvari, who joined the Inova Fairfax team in 2016, has completed a fellowship in joint replacement and has experience in the anterior hip technique. “Inova Fairfax Hospital recruited me a few months ago and made an investment in a special table that is required for the anterior hip procedure,” Dr. Anvari says.

To speak with someone at the Inova Fairfax joint replacement program, call 703-776-4001 (main line) or 703-776-2289 (orthopedic nurse navigator).

About 90 percent of patients who are candidates for total hip replacements are also candidates for the direct anterior procedure. Dr. Anvari sees patients at the Inova Medical Group Orthopaedics and the Inova Sports Medicine office in Fairfax.

Need an orthopaedic or sports medicine doctor?

Inova Medical Group has orthopaedic and sports medicine offices in Alexandria (Inova HealthPlex Franconia-Springfield), Arlington/Ballston, Fairfax/Merrifield, and Gainesville.

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