Anterior Hip Replacement
The Anterior Approach for total hip replacement is a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility because the muscle tissues are spared during the surgical procedure.
The technique allows the surgeon to work between your muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones - sparing the tissue from trauma. Keeping the muscles intact may also help to prevent dislocations.
With the Anterior Approach, the surgeon uses one small incision on the front (anterior) of your hip as opposed to the side or back. Since the incision is in front, you'll avoid the pain of sitting on the incision site.
The Anterior Approach differs in multiple ways from other surgery techniques:
Every surgical approach has risks and benefits. The performance of a hip replacement depends on your age, weight, activity level and other factors. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip replacement is right for you.