Anterior Hip Replacement

When nonsurgical options fail, hip replacement surgery is an effective option for relieving pain and stiffness and restoring hip mobility. Hip replacements have improved over the years, and many people are candidates for minimally invasive techniques, including the anterior hip replacement approach.

Anterior hip replacement is a minimally invasive procedure for replacing the hip joint that involves a small incision on the front of the hip, as opposed to an incision made on the back or side. Hip replacement can address hip pain and stiffness for people with arthritis or other forms of hip joint damage. In the procedure, an orthopaedic surgeon replaces both ends or one end of the damaged hip joint with artificial parts.

Anterior hip replacement is an alternative approach that uses a special operating table to facilitate certain positions so the surgeon can replace the hip from the side. It’s sometimes called a muscle sparing surgery because no muscles are cut to access the hip joint. Potential benefits of anterior hip replacement may include:

  • Minimal damage to soft tissue
  • Reduced post-operative pain
  • Shorter surgical time
  • Less blood loss
  • More accurate implant positioning
  • Earlier mobilization
  • Fewer post-operative restrictions
  • Less scaring
  • Faster healing

Discussing the Right Approach with Your Doctor

Center for Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics is always looking for ways to make procedures easier and more successful for patients. Not every type of surgery is right for each patient. That’s why it’s important to discuss with your surgeon the best option for you – depending on the type of implant, your age and activity level, and the health and shape of your hip bones.

When your quality of life suffers due to hip pain, it may be time for a hip replacement. Some of these signs include difficulty getting a restful night’s sleep, difficulty doing simple tasks, or the inability to participate in activities that you enjoy. Before any type of hip replacement, your surgeon may recommend medication, physical therapy or other joint injections. If these measures aren’t effective at relieving pain and stiffness, hip replacement surgery may be necessary to improve your quality of life.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of CSMO’s total joint replacement specialists, call us today.

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