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Anterior Hip Replacement

The anterior approach to hip replacement creates the incision in the front of the leg instead of the back or side. This approach allows less disruption to the muscles, allowing for faster healing and less risk of dislocation, especially for patients with neuropathic disease. Other benefits include minimized soft-tissue trauma and a simple postoperative regimen. Overall, recovery with anterior hip replacement surgery is much faster. There are also no specific limits with age or weight to qualify for the anterior approach.

Anterior hip replacement surgery is done with the use of a special surgical table that optimizes the Anterior Approach to Total Hip Arthroplasty (AATHA). It positions the patient so the surgeon is able to replace the hip through a single incision, anterior approach without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur. Kettering Health Network performs total hip replacement at all locations, and anterior hip replacement at Soin Medical Center, Sycamore Medical Center, Grandview Medical Center, and Kettering Medical Center.

Physicians Who Perform Anterior Hip Replacement

Gurpal S. Ahluwalia, MD

Gurpal S. Ahluwalia MD
Dr. Jerry Ahluwalia specializes in orthopedic surgery with a focus on hip arthroscopy for the treatment of labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement and athletic injuries. He also performs Anterior and Posterior Hip replacements, along with surgical and non-surgical management of general orthopedic problems. Among these are fracture care, sports medicine, injuries to the musculosketal system and Orthopaedic trauma. Dr. Ahluwalia completed his undergraduate education at Georgetown University. He received his medical degree from Wright State University, School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Miami Valley Hospital. He completed a fellowship at the San Diego Arthritis and Adult Reconstructive Surgery Center where he specialized in joint replacement, including primary and revision total joints, as well as joint-preserving procedures. He is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery since 2011.

Matthew Heckler, DO

Matthew Heckler DO
Dr. Heckler provides comprehensive general orthopedic surgery and sports medicine care with a focus on injuries of the shoulder, knee and hip. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Association and fellowship trained in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He has specialized training in complex rotator cuff and labral surgery of the shoulder, ACL and ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration, hip arthroscopy and total joint replacement.

Dr. Heckler has a particular interest in partial knee replacement, minimally invasive patient specific total joint arthroplasty, and MRI-computer based navigation joint replacement.

He has worked as an assistant team physician for a number of professional sports teams including the NFL Minnesota Vikings, MLB Minnesota Twins, NBA Minnesota Timberwolves, NHL Minnesota Wild, WNBA Minnesota Lynx, and the NLL Minnesota Swarm.

Today, Dr. Heckler is the orthopedic team physician for Dayton's professional soccer club, the Dutch Lions. He cares for many of our local high school athletes through the Dayton Sports Medicine Institute and is the medical director for Wilson Sports Medicine.

"I take the same team approach our athletes utilize on the field in caring for my patients. I strive to provide each patient a complete clinical and diagnostic background necessary so together we can make a treatment plan to get you back in the game."

John Lochner, MD

John Lochner MD
Dr. John Lochner specializes in orthopedic surgery, including anterior and posterior hip replacement. He received his undergraduate education at St. Louis University, Phi Beta Kappa, and his medical degree from the St. Louis University, School of Medicine. His postgraduate training included an internship and his residency at the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Lochner is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery since 1988. He is an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the Wright State University, School of Medicine, and he is a diplomat of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a member of the Dayton Orthopedic Society, the Ohio Orthopedic Society and is an active fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Chad Weber, DO

Chad Weber DO
Dr. Chad Weber is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who provides comprehensive general orthopedic surgery and orthopedic trauma care throughout the Miami Valley and surrounding areas. Dr. Weber

Dr. Weber states his goal as a physician, "My mission is to provide the highest-quality and most comprehensive general orthopedic and orthopedic trauma care to the community. My patients are my top priority. Consideration of the whole patient, open communication, and easy accessibility will enable us to be successful in obtaining our goal of a positive and functional outcome."

Dr. Weber sees patients in Centerville, Dayton, Sidney and Greenville. Dr. Weber performs total joint surgeries at Grandview Medical Center.

Michael Welker, MD

Michael Welker MD
Dr. Michael Welker specializes in orthopedic medicine with interest in primary and revision joint replacement, trauma, sports medicine and anterior and posterior hip replacement. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Juniata College and his medical degree at Penn State University. He received his orthopedic training at Wright State University. He is a member of the Dayton Orthopedic Society, the Ohio Orthopedic Society and is an active fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Welker is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery since 2002.

For questions about our physicians and/or specialty practices, please call 1-844-228-6683 (MOVE).