Hip replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common, with over 450,000 procedures performed in the U.S. alone. People who experience chronic pain or limited mobility in their hips due to arthritis often turn to this surgical solution to help alleviate discomfort and improve their quality of life.
One technique used in hip replacement is the anterior approach. This method offers some advantages over other techniques, which we will discuss below. Let’s talk about the specifics of an anterior hip replacement and some of the benefits it can provide patients.
What is Anterior Hip Replacement?
Anterior hip replacement involves accessing the hip joint through the front of the leg as opposed to the back or side. This technique allows the surgeon to work between the muscles, instead of having to cut through or move them.
The benefits of the anterior approach include the following:
1. Reduce Muscle Tissue Disturbance
An anterior approach ensures minimal muscle damage and trauma. The surgeon is able to spare the key muscles that surround the hip joint, by separating the tissues instead of splitting them. This approach is typically associated with less pain for the patient.
2. Less Postoperative Pain
This technique has been shown to lead to less postoperative pain for hip replacement patients, especially during the first weeks after surgery.
3. Smaller Incision
Anterior hip replacement requires a smaller incision than other methods, which contributes to a faster recovery time for the patient.
4. Better Prosthetic Positioning
With the surgeon accessing the hip from the front of the body, they have better visibility and access to the hip joint. This improved visibility helps in positioning the prosthetic components more accurately.
5. Reduced Risk of Dislocation
There is a lower rate of dislocation in hip replacement patients who undergo an anterior hip replacement, compared to those who had a posterior hip replacement.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Anterior Hip Replacement?
When determining a patient’s suitability for an anterior hip replacement technique, orthopedic surgeons usually consider several factors, including the patient’s overall health and degree of anatomical limitations. A patient’s bone structure can also be a determining factor for an anterior approach.
It is best to consult an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip replacement surgery to find out the best type of treatment for your hip.
Hip Replacement Surgery in Catonsville, Columbia, Eldersburg, and Fulton, MD
The team of orthopedic surgeons at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland specializes in hip treatments. Our physicians are highly experienced in minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. We will determine whether this treatment will give you the best possible outcomes, as well as discuss the best approach for the surgery.
Our orthopedic surgeons see our patients in our Catonsville, Columbia, Eldersburg, and Fulton offices. To schedule an appointment with us, use our online form to send a request or call our office today at (410) 644-1880.
We look forward to providing you with the best outcomes from your individualized treatment program.