Dr. Fred Nouh is committed to providing expert orthopaedic care that is personalized to each patient to help them obtain the best possible outcomes from their surgery, including anterior hip replacement.
Total hip replacement with anterior approach refers to surgeries done from in front of the hip. An anterior hip replacement is a surgical procedure that is less invasive than posterior and lateral approaches. Entering your hip from the front causes less damage to surrounding muscles and tendons, which leads to a faster recovery.
In the short-term, anterior hip replacement is less painful and leads to a quicker recovery of mobility and strength compared to a posterior or lateral approach. The long-term outcome is very good and similar to other approaches.
Once you have arthritis which has not responded to conservative treatment, you may well be a candidate for total hip replacement surgery.
The anterior approach is most often used when arthritis is the reason for a hip replacement. But it can also be used to replace hips with any type of damage. It can even be used to fix a hip that has previously been replaced.
Unlike in lateral and posterior approaches, muscles and tendons don’t have to be cut when an anterior approach is used for hip replacement. This has many benefits.
ANTERIOR HIP REPLACEMENT BENEFITS
- Less invasive, leaving more muscles and tissues in tact
- Less painful
- Faster and easier recovery
- Less muscle trauma
- Quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay
- Lower risk of hip dislocation after surgery
- More functionality when discharged to go home
- Fewer restrictions on activity after surgery
For patients who are well-suited for it, anterior hip replacement can lead to less pain in the first few weeks after surgery.