Are you and your provider considering hip replacement as an option? Joint replacement surgery can be the best treatment for long-term improvement for the hip joint when other treatments have not worked. In most cases, having a total hip replacement reduces joint pain and means a return to pain-free movement. Trinity Health has expertise in all types of joint replacement and approaches, including anterior hip replacement.
What is anterior hip replacement?
The anterior approach to hip replacement surgery allows the Orthopedic Surgeon to access the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side) or posterior (back) approach. There are fewer muscles at the front of the hip which allows the surgeon to work between the muscles rather than having to cut or detach major muscles and make repairs at the end of surgery. Because surgery does not require cutting major muscles, patients have less pain and recover faster.
What is the benefit of anterior hip replacement?
People who have an anterior hip replacement tend to recover faster, leave the hospital earlier, require minimal pain medication, and return to normal function quickly. There are fewer restrictions and postsurgical precautions, which result in a decrease chance of dislocation of the hip with the anterior hip approach.
Anterior hip replacement offers many benefits over conventional hip replacement.
Conventional hip replacement, or lateral or posterior hip replacement surgery, requires strict precautions for patients which may limit hip motion for 6-8 + weeks after surgery. Precautions following conventional hip replacement include: Crossing of the legs, twisting on the hip and limiting flexing of the hip to no more than 90 degrees, which can affect normal activities like sitting in a chair, on a toilet seat, riding in a vehicle, and putting socks and shoes on.
Anterior hip approach, by contrast, allows patients to immediately bend their hip freely which results in a quicker return to normal function.
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