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 has resulted in a dramatic improvement in outcome. While the surgical approach has been apart of surgery for many years, there have been significant improvements to the instrumentation for this approach, increasing the ease and safety of anterior hip approach total hip replacements.

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 major muscles to access the hip joint. Normally, after a traditional hip replacement, your surgeon would give you instructions on hip precautions to allow the cut muscles to heal.

Advantages of anterior hip replacements include:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Minimal soft-tissue trauma
  • Smaller incision
  • Less scarring
  • Quicker recovery
  • Early mobilisation
  • Less post-operative restrictions
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Short hospital stay

It is important to note that by 6 weeks post-operative, there is no significant difference between patients with a hip replacement inserted through an anterior approach as comparted to a posterior approach.