Rockford’s SwedishAmerican Hospital is the first facility in northern Illinois to offer anterior approach hip replacements — a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery. Patient benefits associated with the anterior approach include the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility.
“With the anterior approach, muscle tissues are spared during surgery,” said Dr. Victor Antonacci of Rockford Orthopedic Associates, who performed the first procedure at SwedishAmerican Hospital in late 2011. “By utilizing this technique, surgeons are able to work between the patient’s muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones.”
The direct anterior approach also helps to lessen the chance of dislocations, and the use of special X-rays within the operating room maximizes the accuracy of hip implant placement, as well as patients’ leg lengths. Another benefit is that larger, heavier patients may be candidates for the procedure.
Dr. Antonacci completed extensive training to learn the anterior approach, and is the only local orthopedic surgeon trained in the new procedure.
SwedishAmerican Hospital has invested in HANA Hip Arthroplasty Tables, which are specifically designed for anterior approach procedures. The tables allow surgeons to access a patient’s hip joint from the front. Traditional approaches involve accessing the joint from the back (posterior) or side (lateral).
Following anterior approach hip replacement surgery, patients are able to return to normal function more quickly. Although results vary from patient to patient, recovery times typically are reduced from two to four months to approximately eight weeks or less.
Dr. Victor Antonacci
Dr. Antonacci’s practice focuses on hip and knee total joint replacement and revision, and hip resurfacing. In addition to the revolutionary anterior approach, he is the only area orthopedic surgeon utilizing computer navigation in his knee replacement surgeries.
Dr. Antonacci earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and pursued surgical training as part of his orthopedic residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.
Following residency, Dr. Antonacci completed additional subspecialty training, or fellowship, in total joint reconstruction and revision arthroplasty at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, becoming an Aufranc Fellow before establishing his clinical practice in the New York City area.
Dr. Antonacci has been providing orthopedic care to Rock River Valley residents for more than 10 years.
SwedishAmerican Health System
SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, with headquarters in Rockford. The health system is composed of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation and an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.
From the May 2-8, 2012, issue