Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Peter Curcione is among the first orthopaedic surgeons in Southwest Florida to offer the anterior approach to hip replacement, an innovative, less invasive alternative to traditional surgery allowing patients to return to their normal, active lifestyles more quickly. The public is invited to an upcoming free seminar to learn more.

To provide more information on treatment options for severe hip pain, including information on the anterior approach to hip replacement, Curcione will host a free educational seminar on Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Gulf Coast Medical Center, 13681 Doctor’s 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.

“We call it the ‘muscle-friendly’ approach because we do not surgically detach the muscles or tendons,” says Curcione. “Following the anterior approach, patients are reporting less pain, spending less time in the hospital and experiencing a faster recovery. For example, a 56-year-old patient with osteoarthritis recently underwent the anterior approach to hip replacement and within 48 hours, she was home and walking. She is now riding her bike again and has returned to her job working with preschool children.”

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 its potential benefits including reduced scarring and minimized risk of muscle damage.

About Dr. Curcione:
Dr. Peter Curcione is an osteopathic physician, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and a partner in the Athletic Orthopaedic 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. He takes great care to keep up to date with the most cutting-edge technologies and procedures to optimally serve his patients.

For more information, visit www.bone-fix.com. Click video to view a broadcast of how the anterior approach to hip replacement surgery is performed. Also, visit Dr. Cucione’s blog at www.topbonedoc.com and follow him online on Facebook and http://twitter.com/topbonedoc.