Anterior approach hip replacement

The anterior approach represents an alternative to the conventional way that hip replacements are performed and may offer some significant advantages. The typical pathway, or “approach”, used by surgeons to access the hip joint for hip replacement surgery involves splitting the buttock muscles and cutting muscles in the back, or “posterior” part of the hip joint. With the anterior approach, the hip is accessed from the front and avoids cutting or detaching any muscles. This results in several potential benefits, including:

  • Decreased postoperative pain
  • Faster rehabilitation and quicker return to normal activities
  • Reduced chance of limping after surgery

By preserving the muscles in the back of the hip, there is improved stability and thus less chance that the hip ball can dislocate out of the socket after surgery. Since the risk of dislocation is less there is often no need to follow “hip precautions”, or limitations on hip movement in the early postoperative period.

The surgery is performed with the patient lying on his or her back, which allows for use of x-ray guidance during surgery. This gives the surgeon a great advantage, as it helps to ensure that the implants are properly sized and placed accurately, as well as to ensure that the lengths of both legs remain as equal as possible.

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