Orange County Register Columnist Jane Glenn Haas' 2010 hip replacement surgery.
Dr. Steven L. Barnett and Judith Florman
A New Approach to Hip Replacement
“My recovery was so amazing…it’s like the surgery never
Judith Florman has had not one, but two hip replacement surgeries. Her
right hip was replaced four years ago and her left hip earlier this year,
this time using the anterior approach. Dr. Steven L. Barnett, an orthopedic
surgeon at St. Joseph Hospital, performed both surgeries. While both surgeries
were successful, she describes the difference between the procedures as
She recalls, “The first time, I had an 8-inch incision and was in
the hospital for five days. I had a lot of restrictions and couldn’t
bend forward for fear I would dislocate my hip. I used a walker for the
first two weeks, and then a cane for a few more weeks.
“The second time around I did a lot of research and learned about
the anterior procedure, which was offered at a hospital in Los Angeles.
I was planning to go there until I found out that Dr. Barnett at St. Joe’s
was doing it.
“My recuperation this time was so much faster. I had the surgery
on a Friday and that day the hospital staff had me walking stairs. I was
home in 24 hours with almost no pain, using a cane. The following Tuesday
I was attending a play at the South Coast Repertory, and I was driving
two weeks later. If it weren’t for the four-inch incision scar,
I would completely forget I even had the surgery. At age 72 I have a full
range of motion. I lift weights and often walk four miles with no pain...
I highly recommend the procedure,” says Judith.
“Although technically this is the same surgery as we’ve done
for a number of years, it has evolved using new instrumentation,”
explains Dr. Barnett. “Regardless of which approach is used, for
the most part at four to six months after surgery everyone is doing well.
However, the anterior approach to hip replacement is a minimally invasive
technique that spares the muscle and minimizes pain. Recovery is much
quicker than with traditional hip replacement. Most patients leave the
hospital sooner and are able to return to work as early as 10 days later.”
Dr. Barnett has performed more than 250 anterior approach hip replacements
since late 2006. It was then that St. Joseph Hospital became the first
hospital in Orange County to acquire a special table that makes this procedure
easier and available to a wider range of patients.
To learn more please call (714) 771-8000, ext. 17982.