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Hip Replacement “Direct Anterior Approach “
The Anterior Approach for total hip replacement is a new tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility because the muscle tissues are spared during the surgical procedure. The technique allows the surgeon to work between the patient‘s muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones—sparing the tissue from trauma.
Traditional total hip replacement surgery requires cutting or disturbing the important muscles at the side or back of the leg. Some patients require precautions limiting motion during the first six weeks after surgery to decrease the risk of the replacement dislocating (popping out of place).
The Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement differs in that the hip is exposed through the front in a way that does not detach muscles or tendons from the bone. Most patients have good muscular control and strength immediately after surgery. Patients walk the same day of their anterior hip replacement surgery, often with just a single cane. Rather than 3 to 5 days in the hospital most patients undergoing direct anterior hip replacement leave the hospital 24 to 48 hours after surgery and go directly home. In most cases the patients do not have restrictions in regard to their hip replacement and can return to driving within a week after surgery.