Dr. James Loging will provide information on anterior hip replacement, a procedure rising in popularity in the U.S., on his new site GetA-Hip.com. The site will provide running commentary on hip replacement options, Loging's experience stretching over a decade, and patient stories.
"Hip replacements are on the rise," Loging said. "Patients today are very educated, and they want to know about all available options when it comes to their treatment. After performing hundreds of anterior hip replacements, it still surprises me how many people have never heard of the approach."
He cited a U.S. News & World Report article showing a 92 percent increase in hip replacements for older patients and a 205 percent spike in procedures for patients ages 45-54. The site's first topic discusses the types of people who will eventually need a hip replacement, including athletes who may account for much of the increase in the younger demographic.
Loging and his partners at Palmetto Bone & Joint have also broken ground on their third location, a new office and surgery center in nearby Chapin, S.C.
Anterior hip replacements often offer faster recovery time and smaller incisions than other types of hip replacement. In 2006, he became the first surgeon to perform the procedure in South Carolina.
"I believe the anterior approach is the best for patients," he said. "Not just some patients or certain kinds of patients, but all patients. I want to do my part in getting information out about this procedure."