Anterior Hip Replacement: What You Need to Know
People suffering from hip pain, arthritis, stiffness, or limited hip movement can choose minimally invasive surgery when a hip replacement is needed. Anterior hip replacement surgery is one of the least invasive joint replacement options. This technique minimizes the amount of pain for the patient as well as the recovery time.
This innovative, unique procedure uses the latest evidence-based methods and is performed by an orthopedic surgeon with additional, specialized training in the techniques and technology used in this surgery. Compared to a traditional hip replacement, anterior hip replacement offers many benefits, such as:
- Fewer postoperative restrictions for recovery
- Greater stability and lowered risk of dislocation
- Less postoperative pain
- Less scarring
- Quicker, easier recovery
Anterior hip replacement surgery allows a surgeon to reach the joint from the front of the hip, as opposed to the side or back of the hip. This allows the hip to be replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur during surgery, which gives the surgeon the ability to work through the natural interval between the muscles. Leaving the gluteal muscles that attach to the pelvis and femur undisturbed during surgery causes significantly less surgical trauma, resulting in a much shorter healing process.
A conventional hip replacement would require patients to limit hip motion for six to eight weeks following surgery, but with anterior hip replacement, patients are able to immediately bend their hips freely and bear full weight when comfortable. This allows patients to return to normal function much more quickly.
If you have questions about anterior hip replacement surgery or would like to speak to a joint replacement surgeon at Appalachian Orthopedics, call us today at (423) 434-6300 or request an appointment online.