What is direct anterior approach hip replacement surgery?
Direct anterior approach hip replacement surgery is a minimally invasive form of total hip replacement that offers benefits which include less pain and faster recovery following surgery. Like traditional total hip replacement, the anterior approach is designed to achieve the same functional result – to restore the hip joint by implanting artificial components. However, the technique used with the direct anterior approach is significantly less invasive. During the procedure, your surgeon will use specialized techniques in order to cause the least amount of trauma possible to the muscles and tissues surrounding the joint.
What is the difference between direct anterior hip replacement and traditional hip replacement?
In traditional hip replacement surgery, the procedure is performed through a large incision along the side or back of the hip, and it involves cutting through or detaching muscles and tissues around the hip joint and then surgically reattaching them. However, direct anterior approach hip replacement uses a smaller incision on the front of the hip. Instead of cutting and reattaching muscles and tendons, they are carefully moved out of the way and returned to their proper position once the implant is in place. This results in much less tissue damage and a faster recovery, among other benefits.
What are the advantages of undergoing minimally invasive hip replacement surgery?
In addition to the functional benefits of undergoing a hip replacement, which include improved joint function and reduced or eliminated hip pain, some of the advantages of undergoing direct anterior hip replacement surgery include:
- Smaller incision
- Reduced damage to muscles and tendons
- Faster recovery time
- Shorter hospital stay
Am I a candidate for direct anterior approach hip replacement?
Patients who are suffering from arthritis of the hip or a hip fracture may be candidates for this type of procedure. However, the direct anterior approach is not the best surgical option for everyone. Consult with your surgeon to find out what is best for your situation.