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Anterior Hip Replacement

 Anterior Hip Replacement

What is Total Joint Replacement Surgery?

Total joint replacement surgery is one of the most advanced successful procedures in patients dealing with severe hip and knee pain. The goal of the surgery is to relieve pain and restore the normal functioning of the joint and help patient resume normal activities.

Anterior Hip Replacement

Over the past few years, there have been great advances in the treatment options, implants, and minimally invasive techniques. The latest technique in joint replacement such as anterior hip replacement may help with initial pain relief and hip stability.

It is important to know that the most important factor for a successful hip replacement is the correct position and placement of the prosthetic components. Longer term studies have are yet to show any major long term benefit for the direct anterior approach over the more common or traditional approaches such as the posterior approach.

What is Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Surgery?

Direct Anterior Hip Replacement is a minimally invasive hip surgery to replace the hip joint without cutting through any muscles or tendons. Traditional hip replacement involves cutting muscles to access the hip joint. These muscles and tendons are repaired once the new hip replacement is inserted. Normally, after a traditional hip replacement, your surgeon would give you instructions on hip precautions to allow the cut muscles to heal.

However, for anterior hip replacement patients, hip precautions are not as necessary as no muscles are cut.

Advantages of  anterior hip replacements may include:

  • Less postoperative pain
  • Minimal soft-tissue trauma
  • Smaller incision
  • Less scarring
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less postoperative restrictions
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Short hospital stay
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons