Bluewater Health Performs Leading-Edge Hip Replacement Surgery

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:49pm

SARNIA& PETROLIA– December 7, 2017 – Bluewater Health Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Nick Matlovich recently completed Sarnia-Lambton’s first ‘Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement.’ This new surgical approach to hip replacement has been clinically proven to decrease recovery times and length of time in hospital for patients compared to traditional methods. 

“A recovery time of six to 12 weeks and a hospital stay of three days is typical following traditional hip replacement surgery,” says Dr. Matlovich. “With this alternate method, patients generally experience a return to normal activity in four to six weeks, and 70 to 80% are able to return home the first day following surgery, being medically stable and doing well in physical therapy.” 

 Mr. Jace Kohlmeier was the first to experience this new approach at Bluewater Health, on November 23. Later that day, he was walking with a walker, and he returned home November 24. “I was surprised how little pain I felt, and the ability to put weight on the hip the day of surgery was unbelievable,” he says. “I had traditional hip replacement on my other hip in 2010 and the difference in stability and functionality immediately following surgery was dramatic.” 

“This approach is less invasive since it involves working between muscles rather than cutting through them,” says Dr. Matlovich, who came to Bluewater Health earlier this year after completing his Fellowship in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty at Western University. “In doing this, there is less pain, and a lower risk of hip dislocation – key factors that contribute to patients returning to their normal activity level that much sooner.” 

“We are proud to offer this procedure in Sarnia-Lambton as one of only a handful of centres across Ontario able to perform it,” says Dr. Michel Haddad, Chief of Professional Staff, Bluewater Health. “This is great news for patients in our community who have access to leading-edge surgery close to home, without the added anxiety of travelling for their care.” 

 “This approach may not be suited to all patients requiring hip replacement,” adds Dr. Matlovich. “The good news is that post-operative outcomes for total hip replacement are the same at the one-year mark, no matter which surgical method was used.” 

Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. 

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