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News Is the Anterior Hip Approach Right for You?

October 17, 2017

by Dr. Gregg Pike, Orthopedic Surgeon &
Amanda Murray, RN, WCC, Orthopedic Destination Center Coordinator

The direct anterior approach is a less invasive approach that highlights benefits such as a shorter incision, decreased length of stay, and fewer restrictions. All of these are optimal for the patient and it’s important that we offer this service to the right candidate. This raises a question for patients who are contemplating a surgical option to treat degenerative joint disease: Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

Dr. Gregg Pike states “Arthritis is the most common reason people undergo a hip replacement. It is best for patients to be

Cynthia Cockrell, from Great Falls, underwent the first anterior hip approach in September of this year.

evaluated in the office to see if they are a potential candidate for the anterior hip approach.” Whether you are a candidate for the direct anterior hip approach or not, the Great Falls Orthopedic Destination Center program is centered around the patient and we work hard to minimize surgical risks and optimize the patient’s recovery after all joint and hip replacements. We have a skilled surgical team and are always looking for ways to improve our care. We take care of the patient from start to finish and beyond. Patient experience begins with the scheduling process which includes a personalized packet of information for the patient regarding the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative process so they may easily follow along with their course of treatment. The patient typically has a few weeks to review the written information and then we follow up with a preoperative class in which the patient can ask any and all questions about their upcoming procedure.

When electing to have a total joint replacement surgery, be sure to find a surgeon and a facility that works best for you. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 406-454-2171 or visit for more information.

 There are risks to undergoing any surgical procedure. Understanding those risks and your facility’s rate of complications are important before choosing your doctor and surgical facility. Be sure to discuss these important details with your primary care provider, surgeon, or request information from the facility itself. The Great Falls Clinic publishes independent third party data with comparison information on our facility versus national averages on the following: overall satisfaction of the facility, length of stay, complication rates, and blood transfusions in order to better provide information to the public on our capabilities.

photo of doctor Gregg Pike

Gregg Pike, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

About Dr. Pike

Dr. Gregg Pike is an orthopedic surgeon with the Great Falls Clinic since 1995. He is a partner within the physician-owned, multi-speciality clinic and his wife, Dr. Malinda Pike also works as a Pediatric Psychiatrist at the Clinic. Dr. Pike and his wife enjoy spending time with their children, hiking, community events, and traveling.

Dr. Pike is accepting new patients and physician referrals at the Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center, 3000 15th Avenue South. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 406.454.2171.


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