Anterior Total Hip Replacement
Most orthopedic surgeons will agree that anterior total hip replacement surgery is the preferred option for patients who are candidates for it. “Anterior” means “from the front,” which describes how the surgeon accesses the hip joint. By accessing the hip joint from the front, rather than from the back or the side, the surgeon is able to avoid cutting muscles or detaching muscles from bone. Because of this, anterior hip replacement surgery is sometimes referred to as “minimally-invasive.” This is not because of the size of the incision (as in many other surgeries), but rather because of the muscle-sparing aspects of the technique. For the patient, there are a number of benefits to anterior total hip replacement. These include:
- Less postoperative pain
- Faster recovery
- Reduced risk of hip dislocation after surgery
- More freedom of movement after surgery (patients don’t have to avoid crossing their legs or bending deeply the same way they do after a traditional total hip replacement)
- Shorter hospital stay
One special consideration of the anterior hip replacement, however, is that it is a more technically difficult procedure. Because of this, it should only be performed by a skilled surgeon with many years of hip replacement experience, and especially with experience in the anterior method. Decreased visibility and the potential for nerve damage make this technique challenging, so do not choose just any surgeon to perform your anterior total hip replacement. Our surgeons have performed hundreds of minimally-invasive anterior hip replacements in our state-of-the-art facility in Arizona. Because our surgical center focuses solely on orthopedic procedures, we are committed to offering our patients the most advanced technologies, implants and procedures available in the field of orthopedic surgery. If you are considering a total hip replacement, don’t make a decision before speaking with us. Give us a call today.