Chicago-area Orthopaedic Surgeon David Butler Presents Advancements in Total Hip and Knee Replacement on Wednesday, Nov. 10 in Orland Park, Illinois

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New approaches to hip and knee replacement are allowing Baby Boomers with arthritis to get back to their favorite activities—from golf to dancing to softball. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Chicago-area board-certified orthopaedic surgeon David Butler, MD, will speak about the latest advancements in hip and knee replacement, including anterior-approach hip replacement.

David Butler, MD

There are several advantages of anterior-approach hip replacement. No muscle is cut—we spread muscle fibers during surgery, but we don’t detach the muscle. This causes less trauma to the body and helps patients recover faster.

Advancements in hip and knee replacement are allowing Baby Boomer arthritis patients to get back to the sports and activities they love. Minimally invasive procedures mean smaller incisions and faster healing than ever before.

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon David Butler, MD, will lead a community presentation and answer questions on Advancements in Total Hip and Knee Replacement at the Palos Health and Fitness Center from 6 to 7 pm. The fitness center is located at 15430 West Ave. in Orland Park, Ill. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 708-226-2300 to register.

Dr. Butler, whose office is located at the Palos Primary Care Center in Orland Park, Ill., has been on staff at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Ill. since 1996. He has advanced fellowship training in arthritis and hip and knee replacement, and has specialized in hip and knee replacement and revision surgery since 1991.

One of the latest advances in total hip replacement is the anterior (front) approach. “There are several advantages of anterior-approach hip replacement,” Dr. Butler explains. “No muscle is cut—we spread muscle fibers during surgery, but we don’t detach the muscle. This causes less trauma to the body and helps patients recover faster.

“And anterior-approach hip replacement has no hip precautions after surgery,” he adds. “With traditional hip replacement, patients are cautioned not to stoop or squat, or cross their legs above the knee to avoid a painful dislocation.

“Anterior-approach hip replacement is not for everyone,” says Dr. Butler. “Each patient’s case must be evaluated individually to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.”

But for many Baby Boomers sidelined by arthritis, anterior-approach hip replacement has been the key to getting back in the game. Case in point: Mariann Didier, a 48-year-old Crestwood, Ill. woman who has been playing 16-inch softball since she was eight.

“I’ve had arthritis in my right hip for about four years, and it had been getting worse,” Didier recalls. “This is the first year I couldn’t run the bases—the pain was unbearable. After I got a hit and ran to first base, I had to get a runner to replace me.

“My family asked, ‘Are you ready to give up playing ball?’ and I said, ‘No!’” Didier laughs. “I told them, ‘When I get this hip replaced, I’m going back to playing ball.’ They all looked at me incredulously and said, ‘You’re 48—you don’t play ball!’ And I said, ‘Oh yes, I do! All my friends are my age and they’re still playing. Why can’t I?’

“I chose anterior-approach hip replacement so I could go back to playing softball next year,” says Didier, who has been a home health physical therapist’s assistant for 25 years. “And the posterior approach has too many hip precautions for my line of work.

“Softball is my only hobby,” Didier says. “I love it—I play on three different teams.” She realizes she’s younger than most hip replacement patients, but she has a lot in common with them. “A lot of male patients just want to get back to playing golf,” she says.

“I was aware of Dr. Butler’s reputation,” Didier recalls. “I’ve worked with a lot of his patients, and when you’re a home health therapist, you know of the doctor by how his patients turn out.”

Didier had anterior-approach hip replacement on Friday, Sept. 10 and was home two days later. “Most patients are in the hospital for four or five days,” she acknowledges. “Then, depending on how de-conditioned they are, they have to go to a rehabilitation center. But I knew I was going home.

“I came home on Sunday, did some gentle range-of-motion exercises and started using a walker,” Didier recalls. “By Tuesday, I progressed to crutches. Eight days after surgery, I was on one crutch and was walking outside. Two weeks post-op, I started using a cane. Doctors tell hip replacement patients, ‘Walk, walk, walk.’ I did a lot of walking.”

Five weeks after surgery, Didier was back to work. “I feel great!” she says. “I have no problems getting in and out of my car and carrying my work bag. When I’m seeing patients at their homes, sometimes I have to get down on the floor. I’m having no problems whatsoever.

“I have a way to go before I’m ready to play softball again, but I’m guessing that next year I won’t have any pain so I can make it to first base and not have a runner,” she laughs. “I’m very thrilled with how the surgery turned out and how far I’ve come.”

For more information on Butler Orthopaedics, visit http://www.drbutlerortho.com, or call 708-349-6700 to schedule an appointment.

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