The potential benefits of Anterior Approach for total hip replacement is a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility because the muscle tissues are spared during the surgical procedure. The technique allows the surgeon to work between your muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones – sparing the tissue from trauma.
Potential Benefits of Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Surgery
- Decreased hospital stay and quicker mobilization.
- Quicker rehabilitation.
- Smaller incision and reduced muscle disruption resulting in a shorter recovery time.
- Reduced risk of dislocation.
- Potentially less blood loss and reduced pain post operatively.
Disadvantages and Risks of Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Surgery
- Requires specialized retractors and tools.
- Slightly increased risk of femur and ankle fractures.
- Risk of numb, tingling or burning sensation on front of thigh due to nerve injury.
Relative Contraindications to Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Surgery
- Patients with implants or metal hardware from prior surgery.
- Very heavy or obese patients.
- Very muscular male patients (may require a longer incision).
Call 918-514-3009 for a personal consultation to see if you are a candidate for the anterior approach to hip replacement surgery.