Anterior Hip Replacement

If you suffer from arthritis, hip pain, stiffness and limited hip movement and you and your doctor determine hip replacement is the right treatment, then the minimally-invasive anterior approach may be the right option for you.

What is the anterior approach to hip replacement?
With the anterior approach, the incision is made in the front (anterior) of your hip rather than the side (lateral) or back (posterior). This allows your surgeon to work between the major muscle groups without detaching muscles or tendons from your hip (pelvis) or thigh bone (femur) which avoids unnecessary trauma to the surrounding tissue. This minimally-invasive approach is performed on a specially designed hana® arthroplasty table.

The hana table is designed exclusively for hip and knee patients and has the capability to minimize trauma to muscles and tissue by allowing for exact placement of the leg. One leg is extended downward to allow access to the hip joint in a way that muscles do not have to be cut. Additionally, the table allows for real-time X-ray which confirms that the hip replacement implant is precisely placed resulting in fewer complications.

By not cutting through the muscle or tendons, your recovery time in the hospital and at home will be quicker. With an anterior replacement, you will likely leave the hospital a full day earlier than other hip replacement patients.

In addition, an anterior hip replacement reduces the risks and precautions that patients with a traditional or lateral hip replacement experience such as the risk of dislocation and restrictions on activities. After an anterior replacement, you will have full movement and flexibility.

If anterior hip replacement seems like the right option for you, the providers at Fairview Southdale Hospital can help.
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