Following minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, patients of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Peter Curcione are reporting a faster recovery and improved mobility compared to patients who undergo traditional hip replacement surgery. 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.

“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 spending less time in the hospital, reporting less post-surgical pain and getting back to their normal routines much quicker. Patients often recover in just a few weeks, compared to recovery for traditional hip replacement surgery which may take up to six months.”
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 Dec. 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Athletic Orthopaedic Reconstruction Center, 3400 Lee Blvd., Suite 105 in Lehigh Acres. To attend the free seminar, please call 239-368-8277, ext. 2302. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited.
In addition to recent clinical studies that validate the outcomes of the anterior approach to hip replacement to the total hip replacement, patients of Curcione also are reporting benefits. 
Susan Fuller, 56, from LaBelle had a history of osteoarthritis causing her severe joint pain in both her hips and knees. Eventually, the pain was so severe that she underwent knee replacement surgery. While her knee improved, her osteoarthritis continued to cause pain in her hips. When medication and non-surgical treatment did not improve her pain, Fuller underwent the anterior approach to hip replacement.
“I was up and walking following my surgery and home within 48 hours with little to no pain,” said Fuller. “I am nearly 100 percent improved. I work with preschool children so I am very active. I’m back to gardening, swimming, riding my bike and living my life without pain.” 
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 Orthopedics 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. He takes great care to keep up to date with the most cutting-edge technologies and procedures to optimally serve his patients.
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