Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery
Anterior hip replacement has recently gained popularity as an alternative to the traditional posterior hip replacement surgery approach. In the anterior approach the orthopedic surgeon makes an incision in the front of the leg versus the back. The front incision allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint by separating, rather than cutting and reattaching, the muscles. Since there is less trauma to the muscles, the patient often has a much faster and easier recovery.
Benefits of Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery
-Shorter recovery time
-Shorter hospital stay
-Less muscle trauma
-Reduced risk of dislocation
Recovering from Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery
Anterior hip replacement surgery allows patients to bend their hip freely immediately after surgery or as soon as they feel comfortable enough to do so. Conventional hip replacement usually requires patients to limit any motion for 6-8 weeks after surgery. Anterior hip replacement patients often make significant progress in their recovery before they leave the hospital.
Who is a Candidate for Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery?
Most people with arthritis, hip pain, limited mobility or stiffness are candidates for anterior hip replacement surgery. However, various factors including weight, age and health history will determine if anterior hip replacement surgery is right for you.