Benefits Of Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement

There are many patient benefits of the anterior approach for total hip replacement, as compared to the more traditional lateral or posterior approaches.

With the anterior approach, a smaller incision is used, and the surgeon works between muscles and tendons rather than cutting them. Major muscles are undisturbed. This gives more stability to the hip joint which, in turn, reduces pain and makes rehabilitation faster and easier. It also reduces the chance for dislocations. Since the patient is lying on his back during surgery, equal leg length can be more accurately determined than with the traditional lateral position.

Even though a specialized table and tools need to be used for the anterior approach to total hip replacement, cost savings can be realized by shorter hospital stays and more rapid rehabilitation.

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