Anterior hip replacements have fewer restrictions.

The anterior approach to total hip replacement is a minimally invasive procedure that allows people to get back to their active lives without restrictions.

The anterior approach procedure is popular for its potential benefits. During the anterior approach procedure a small incision is made on the front of the upper thigh, which allows the surgeon to spread the muscles and work through the natural spaces between them. This technique does not disturb the gluteal muscles or detach muscles from the pelvis or the femur. Since the muscles are not cut, healing and recovery occur sooner.

In the surgery center, the patient lies flat on a specialized operating table used to stabilize the leg and pelvis. This position minimizes the traditional pelvic tilt. It also gives the surgical team excellent access to the thighbone and precise control of the operative leg during surgery.

Side-by-side television monitors let the surgeon compare an X-ray image of the opposite hip with the reconstructed hip to achieve correct leg length. According to Dr. Eric Thiel, a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in anterior hip replacement, using active X-ray control in the operating room allows the surgeon to fine-tune the positioning of the artificial hip components to ensure the precise placement for the best possible outcome.

There are many benefits to anterior approach hip replacement.

People who have anterior approach replacement, often:  

  • Recover an average of two to four weeks faster
  • Spend less time in the hospital
  • Experience less pain
  • Need less pain medication
  • Return to work and play earlier
  • Have NO movement restrictions

Am I a candidate for anterior hip replacement?

We hope so. We believe it’s one of the best hip replacement options for active adults.

But, there’s really no way to tell until we take a look at your overall health, your lifestyle, age, and most importantly your bone health and quality. The surgery cannot be performed on every person. The anterior approach method is not an option for people who have hip dysplasia or necrosis.

If you are experiencing hip pain and your bone quality is healthy, you may be a candidate for an anterior total hip replacement.

There’s only one way to know for sure. Request an appointment with either Dr. Eric Thiel or Dr. Douglas Keele. They are Bone & Joint’s anterior hip specialists.

Call 800.445.6442 for your surgical consultation.