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A unique approach to hip replacement, the minimally-invasive anterior approach can provide patients with a shorter recovery time, less pain and fewer post-operative restrictions. 3 4 5  

In the anterior approach, the surgeon makes a small incision at the front of the hip joint and uses a specialized table and equipment to avoid detaching or cutting the hip muscles in order to replace the joint. This helps to preserve important muscles, which provide the most power for walking and joint stability. In comparison, the posterior (goes through the buttock muscles) and the anterolateral (goes through the side of the hip) approaches cut important muscles in order to reach the hip joint.

Patients who undergo the anterior approach can typically expect:

  • A smaller incision
  • Greater accuracy in leg lengths and implant positioning
  • Reduced pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery time

There are also fewer post-operative restrictions, such as pillow between the legs and limited sleeping positions, and have a lower risk for dislocation. 6 7 8     

Learn more about surgical preparation and recovery time by reading this brochure.

Read Dr. Brooks perspective on the anterior approach.

 

 

 

3 Matta JM, Ferguso TA. The anterior approach for hip replacement. Orthopedics. 2005 Sep;28(9): 927-8.

4 Restrepo, C I, Parvizi J, Pour AE, Wozak WJ. Prospective randomized study of two surgical approaches for total hip arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2010 Aug; 25 (5): 671-9.ei.doi : 10.1016 / j.arth. 2010.02.002. Epub 2010 Apr8.

5 Munro, CA. The perioperative nurse’s role in table-enhanced anterior total hip arthroplasty. AORN Journal. 2009 July.

6 Matta JM, Ferguso TA. The anterior approach for hip replacement. Orthopedics. 2005 Sep;28(9): 927-8.

7 Restrepo, C I, Parvizi J, Pour AE, Wozak WJ. Prospective randomized study of two surgical approaches for total hip arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2010 Aug; 25 (5): 671-9.ei.doi : 10.1016 / j.arth. 2010.02.002. Epub 2010 Apr8.

8 Munro, CA. The perioperative nurse’s role in table-enhanced anterior total hip arthroplasty. AORN Journal. 2009 July.