What is Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery?
Anterior hip replacement is a technique that can be used to achieve the same results as a traditional hip replacement procedure – to replace the worn ends of the bones in the hip joint. The difference with the anterior approach is how the surgeon opens the body to reach the hip joint.
Traditional hip surgery is a “posterior” approach, which cuts through the buttock muscles to reach the hip joint. There is also an “anterior lateral” approach that reaches the hip joint from the side of the body rather than through the buttocks.
Anterior hip surgery allows the surgeon to move the muscles aside rather than cutting through them. This creates less damage and trauma to the soft issues around the hip, allowing a quicker recovery time.
In addition, there is a lower risk of dislocating the new prosthesis when placed via the anterior approach, since the muscles used to support the hip joint remain strong.