Dr. Gross is skilled in the anterior approach for total hip surgery, helping patients in Culver City, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu and throughout the Greater Los Angeles area experience faster recovery and less pain following hip replacement.
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, comprising the round upper end of the femur (the femoral head) and the socket, or acetabulum. In a healthy hip, the ball moves smoothly within the socket, enabling the hip to flex and move. But when the hip joint becomes damaged by trauma or disease, movement can be very painful. In a total hip replacement, the femoral head and the socket are both replaced with synthetic components designed to function like the natural hip joint so patients can walk and move without pain.
In the anterior approach, Dr. Gross is able to move muscles aside and perform the replacement surgery without detaching muscles from the bones, resulting in faster recovery, fewer complications and less pain.
Dr. Gross will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your hip before making any recommendation for surgery. In general, hip replacement surgery may be a good choice for patients who have:
pain that interferes with everyday activities;
pain that persists when resting;
joint stiffness that restricts mobility;
symptoms that can't be relieved through medication, physical therapy or assistive devices like canes or walkers.
There are no weight or age restrictions when it comes to hip surgery.
Hip replacement is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made over the hip to enable the doctor to gently move the muscles aside, remove the femoral head and prepare the femur for the implant, which features a stem that's placed into the femur. Diseased cartilage is removed from the socket and the synthetic implants are put in place. Once the proper placement and function of the joint have been confirmed, the incision is closed.
We accept assignment from Medicare, Worker's Compensation, and most PPO's. Here is a short list of just some of the plans we accept. Unfortunately, we do not accept HMO or Medi-Cal.
We accept cash, checks and most credit cards for your convenience. We will bill your insurance company; however, payment is the patient's responsibility. We will help in every way we can to assist in handling claims. Insurance co-payments are due at the time of service.
For billing or insurance questions, please contact our office.
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