The Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side) or the posterior (back) approach. This way, the hip can be replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur during surgery. Muscles are split, rather than removed and reattached, which leaves those most important for hip function –the gluteus muscles that attach to the pelvis and femur- undisturbed.
Anterior Hip Replacement allows patients to immediately bend their hip freely and bear full weight when comfortable, resulting in a more rapid return to normal function. After surgery, patients are instructed to use their hip normally without cumbersome restrictions. In supervised therapy, patients go up and down stairs before their hospital release.
Watch this video for more information on this innovative alternative to traditional total hip replacement surgery.
Dr. Mark McMahon specializes in joint replacement surgery and practices in our Fair Oaks office.