LAYTON -- Surgeons at Davis Hospital and Medical Center are replacing hips with a new technique that promises less patient trauma and a shorter recovery time.
The minimally invasive anterior supine intramuscular approach is done by gaining access to the hip joint through a much shorter incision at the front of the hip instead of on the side or back, said Dr. Matthew Lyman, an orthopedic surgeon at Davis Hospital and Medical Center.
"One thing that patients don't realize about the anterior supine intramuscular approach, or ASI, for total hip replacement is the importance of the S, or supine," Lyman said. "The fact that the patient is supine (or on their back facing upward) makes a difference for several reasons. Most importantly, it makes it easy to use live x-ray in the operating room."