To provide more information and answer questions about treatment options for severe hip pain, including the anterior approach to hip replacement, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Peter Curcione will host a free educational seminar on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Gulf Coast Medical Center, 13681 Doctors Way in Fort Myers.
The topics to be addressed will include:
Osteoarthritis and causes of hip pain
Treatment options including anterior approach to hip replacement
How hip replacement works, what to expect and recovery. For reservations, call 239-368-8277, ext. 2302. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited.
Hip replacement is a major surgery. While traditional hip replacement involves operating from the side or back of the hip, the direct anterior approach requires a smaller incision, about three to four inches long at the front or anterior of the hip.
"The anterior approach procedure to total hip replacement has been gaining popularity due to the benefits for patients including reduced scarring and minimized risk of muscle damage," Curcione said. "The time from replacement to recovery is reduced and patients are returning to their active lifestyles more quickly."
Curcione is an osteopathic physician, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and a partner in the Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center. With offices in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres, Curcione has served patients in Southwest Florida since 1997. His specialty training and interests include joint replacement surgery, including minimally-invasive procedures such as the anterior approach to hip replacement.
In addition, Curcione is experienced and trained in treating disorders of the shoulder and the hand, including fracture care, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis care and reconstructive surgery of the hand. He is trained in arthroscopic shoulder surgery, specifically, all arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs and ligament repairs, as well as arthroscopic reconstruction of the shoulder.