Patients Offered Alternative to Hip Replacement


Young people who get a hip replacement might not need a second one.

Hip dysplasia is a condition that can lead to painful arthritis and a hip replacement.

Many young patients who have the surgery have to have it again at some point in the future.

But now there is an alternative that could give them a new lease on life.

21-year-old Ashley Frankenthor has spent most of her young life on the move, saying ,
“I played soccer, softball, I did gymnastics, cheerleading. I was very competitive and like always needed to be aggressive.”

Hip pain sidelined the promising athlete in high school.

“I was in so much pain, where I could not walk or do anything,” she said.

It took a few years, but, Ashley finally got a diagnosis. She has hip dysplasia, an abnormal hip joint. IT

Doctors don’t know what causes it, but, if it is untreated it can lead to severe arthritis. D.

“And once a hip is arthritic, really the only treatment is a hip replacement,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joel Williams.

The problem, hip replacements only last about 20 years for elderly patients, but, as many as 35 percent of patients are younger than 50 need another hip in about five years.

Dr. Williams said, “And each time that a hip replacement is revised, the outcomes are not as good.”

Instead, he is offering a hip preservation surgery.

He essentially cuts into the pelvis and shifts the bone so the hip joint is aligned with the pocket.

It can postpone of eliminate the need for a hip replacement.

Recovery isn’t easy, but patients say its worth it.

Ashley said, “I feel like a whole new person after it.”

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