Anterior approach hip replacement surgery follows the same general steps as traditional hip replacement.
However, there a key difference: with the anterior approach to hip replacement, an orthopedic surgeon accesses the hip joint by entering through the front of the body. The surgeon maneuvers between the hip muscles that help hold the hip joint in place. Smaller incisions are possible with this procedure versus traditional hip surgery.
The anterior approach to total hip replacement is becoming more popular because:
- it is less invasive
- hospital stays are shorter
- recovery and rehabilitation are quicker
This less invasive surgery is especially appropriate for patients who are active and eager to return to work and their daily activities as quickly as possible.