Submitted by Orthopaedic Specialists
Hip pain makes living a full life difficult. Simple tasks like walking and standing become challenging. Even sitting still — in a car, bus, or airplane — is very uncomfortable.
The good news is recent advancements in surgeries that relieve hip pain — including the Direct Anterior Approach for total hip replacement (THA) — are now available in the Quad Cities. So, if you suffer from hip pain, don’t aggravate it by traveling outside the area to meet with specialists. Simply make an appointment with Dr. Ryan Pokorney, who recently joined the experienced, fellowship-trained team at Orthopaedic Specialists in Davenport, Iowa.
What is the Direct Anterior Approach for total hip replacement?
The Direct Anterior Approach for total hip replacement is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure performed at the front of the hip, so it doesn’t require detaching tendons or muscles. It only requires an incision of about three to four inches, compared to eight to twelve inches for traditional surgery. It is completed with specialized instrumentation to help make surgery less traumatic to the patient. While it’s not recommended for everyone, it’s certainly the best option for those who qualify.
Because of the way it’s performed, it has many benefits:
• Quicker recovery time
• Less scarring
• Reduced post-surgical pain
Who is the Quad Cities’ specialist for Direct Anterior
Approach total hip replacement?
Orthopaedic Specialists in Davenport is proud to have Dr. Ryan Pokorney on their team. Dr. Pokorney completed his undergraduate degree at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D. After graduating from Kansas City University of Medicine in 2010, he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. Dr. Pokorney was fellowship-trained in adult reconstructive surgery at New England Baptist Hospital’s prestigious Otto E. Aufranc fellowship. His background has allowed him to master the most modern techniques in hip replacement.
When is it time for a total hip replacement?
If treatments including rest, physical therapy, and medications or injections have not helped your hip pain, it may be time to seek out a specialist like Dr. Pokorney to discuss a total hip replacement.
“We’ll first thoroughly review the non-surgical methods to relieve pain that are available,” said Dr. Pokorney. “But, if non-surgical approaches are failing and hip pain is markedly impacting daily activities as well as the ability to sleep, we’ll discuss total hip replacement options that include the Direct Anterior Approach.”
Do you need a referral to see a surgeon at Orthopaedic Specialists?
No referral is needed to see any of the surgeons at Orthopeadic Specialists:
John Hoffman, MD: Total Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, Shoulder
Tuvi Mendel, MD: Foot & Ankle, Sports Medicine, Total Joint Replacement
Tyson Cobb, MD: Hand, Wrist, Elbow & Shoulder
Michael Dolphin, DO: Back & Neck
Ryan Pokorney, MD :Total Joint Replacement and Revision Surgery
If you are experiencing hip pain or other orthopaedic pain, you can schedule an appointment at Orthopaedic Specialists by calling
563-344-9292 or visiting their website at OSQuadCities.com.