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70-Year Old Woman Back to Roller Skating After Direct Anterior Approach Hip Surgery

Dr. Steven Louis - Hinsdale Orthopaedics - New Innovative Hip Procedure

Dr. Steven Louis - Hinsdale Orthopaedics - New Innovative Hip Procedure

Wheaton, IL — May 9, 2012

Before orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Louis performed Direct Anterior Approach hip replacement surgery on Susan Whelton, 70, of Wheaton, she was experiencing a great deal of pain and difficulty just performing everyday tasks. Now she’s more active than ever, and when she’s not busy with her 11 grandchildren, she’s roller skating, biking, swimming and singing in her favorite chorus group.

“I’m admittedly a very active 70-year-old,” Susan explains. “Before I elected to have the surgery by Dr. Louis, my hip was really slowing me down. I was dealing with lots of shots in my joint and medications to help with the pain. But now I feel incredible. I was actually able to drive just a week after surgery.”

Susan recovered so quickly because the Direct Anterior Approach allowed Dr. Louis to reach her hip joint from the front of the hip (as opposed to the side or posterior, which is typical in traditional hip replacement surgery). This technique allows a hip replacement to be completed without detaching muscle from the pelvis or femur. Consequently, the important gluteal muscles, which play a key role in hip function, are less affected than with traditional hip replacement surgery.

Dr. Louis performs his surgeries at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, and now trains other Hinsdale Orthopaedic surgeons in this specialized technique. To date, he has performed over 400 successful Direct Anterior Approach procedures on Chicago and Northwest Indiana area patients.

“Susan was a perfect candidate for this new procedure because she was in a lot of pain and wanted to get back to her very active lifestyle,” Dr. Louis explained. “This less-invasive approach is much easier on the patient because there is less tissue and muscle damage involved in the surgery.”

Susan had traditional hip surgery on her left hip before seeing Dr. Louis, and was actually considering it again for her right — until her neighbor told her about the Direct Anterior Approach. “He kept telling me he knew someone who was raving about Dr. Louis and this new type of hip surgery,” she explains. “So I went in for a consultation. Between the referral and meeting Dr. Louis, I was sold. I wish I could have had this procedure on my other hip. The recovery time was so much shorter, and I felt practically no pain. Now, I don’t even notice my hip.”

In addition to her quick recovery time and lack of pain during and after the procedure, Susan was very pleased with the way she was treated throughout the whole process. “Dr. Louis is so easy to deal with and talk to, and his staff at Hinsdale Orthopaedics is wonderful as well,” she indicated. “The Direct Anterior Approach is amazing. To be honest, I’m not sure why all orthopedic surgeons aren’t adopting this method. It’s truly remarkable.”

Susan continues to feel great and enjoys the same, active lifestyle she enjoyed before her hip pain began.

Free Informational Seminar

Dr. Steven Louis of Hinsdale Orthopaedics is hosting a free seminar for those interested in learning more about the Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement surgery on Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 pm, at the Westin Lombard Hotel in the Yorktown Shopping Center Mall (70 Yorktown Shopping Center Drive, Lombard, IL 60148). To register, please call 630.330.6025. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about Dr. Louis and the Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement, visit and

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