Anterior Approach Hip Replacement in Chesterfield, MO
A Less Invasive Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery
Using the anterior approach technique, our surgeons can perform a hip replacement with a smaller incision. Instead of cutting through muscles and tendons, your surgeon is able to go between and cause minimal disruption. Almost all patients are a candidate for this type of hip replacement surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons specialize in the anterior approach for a total hip replacement.
The Benefits of the Anterior Approach
An anterior approach hip replacement can relieve pain caused by arthritis. There are many benefits of an anterior approach hip replacement over traditional hip replacement surgery:
- Less damage to major muscles and tendons
- Reduced hospital stay
- Quicker recovery time
- Decreased risk of hip dislocation after surgery
Treatment for Hip Arthritis
Osteoarthritis of the hip is a chronic condition when the cartilage in the hip joint that normally cushions the bones breaks down. This can result in pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. When medication and other treatments don’t manage your symptoms, a hip replacement may be your best treatment option. During hip replacement surgery, the damage bones are removed and replaced with metal or ceramic components. Most people who undergo a hip replacement have less pain and an improvement in range of motion.
Types of Hip Replacement Procedures
After an evaluation with our hip replacement surgeons, your doctor will be able to determine if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive hip replacement technique known as Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement. When it’s an option, a minimally invasive hip replacement can improve your recovery after surgery.
- Single-incision hip replacement surgery: a single incision is made on the outside of the hip, and the surrounding muscles and tendons are disturbed to a lesser extent than traditional hip replacement surgery.
- Two-incision hip replacement surgery: the hip replacement procedure is done through two incisions that are made over the groin and the buttock.
- Anterior approach hip replacement surgery: this procedure is performed through the front of the hip, which allows less splitting and detaching of muscles and tendons, which improves the patient’s recovery period.
About Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
Minimally invasive hip replacement is more than just a shorter incision. Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement allows minimal disruption to muscle and tendon, making the surgery less traumatic for patients. This approach also reduces hospital stays, recovery time, and there are minimal hip precautions immediately after surgery.
The typical incision is about four inches long on the front of the hip, this could vary based on the patient’s size. The smaller incision is adequate for implanting the artificial hip parts to relieve arthritis pain. Almost all patients are candidates for this procedure. The anterior approach goes between muscles to expose the hip joint which leaves your muscles attached to the femur. Other approaches to the hip either need to split or cut muscles and tendons during surgery.
Recovery after Anterior Approach Hip Replacement
The surgeons at Woods Mill Orthopedics believe in a surgical approach for every patient that will minimize recovery time and get patients back to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. The Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement is just one these approaches.