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Anterior approach hip replacement

Anterior approach hip replacement provides four distinct benefits to the hip replacement patient.

The anterior approach is one in which the orthopedic surgeon approaches the hip joint from the front of the hip, as opposed to the side (lateral) or back (posterior). The incision is a small one, just 3” – 4,” making anterior approach hip replacement a minimally invasive procedure. The muscles are not cut, they are merely pushed aside to give the surgeon access to the hip joint. This results in less pain for the patient.

As you would expect, a smaller incision and less trauma to the muscles involved means a faster recovery for the patient undergoing anterior approach hip replacement. They are up walking, bearing full weight on their operative hip, the same day as surgery. Most patients need only the assistance of a cane to walk about during the first week of recovery. They can return to normal activities such as golf, tennis, and biking in as few as four weeks.

Anterior approach hip replacement patients enjoy freedom of movement following their surgery. They are instructed to use their hip as they normally would, whereas patients undergoing conventional hip replacement must restrict flexing of the hip to no more than 60 – 90 degrees. That complicates normal activities like sitting, bending, and climbing stairs.

During anterior approach hip replacement surgery, the surgeon uses a specialized X-ray machine called a fluoroscope. The fluoroscope allows the surgeon to see the placing of the hip implant in real time. He or she can make adjustments immediately, giving the patient the most accurate placement possible. The surgeon can ensure the patient’s leg lengths are equal before leaving the operating room, avoiding gait problems.

Although anterior approach hip replacement has been popular in Europe since the 1940s, it is a technical demanding and time-consuming procedure when performed using conventional operating tables. Because of this, fewer than 5% of the nation’s orthopedic surgeons seek out the extra training required to offer this procedure to their patients.

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Hana table

In 2005, a specialized operating table was introduced, designed exclusively for anterior approach hip replacement. The Hana® table maneuvers patients’ legs into various positions required during surgery. Dr. Zehr uses this table and the anterior approach hip replacement technique on virtually all of his primary hip replacement patients. Since 2010, he has performed over 1,600 anterior approach hip replacements.

2 thoughts on “Anterior approach hip replacement”

  1. I am 58 yrs old. Very active in sports and work all my life.
    Played all sports when younger but specialized in Kicking as a Football Punter and Field Goal Kicker. I also played and coached Ice and In-line hockey up till 3 years ago. I am self employed in the construction and remodeling field.
    I was diagnosed with DJD in my right hip back in 2010. I have lost flexibility and on occasion I need to take some Ibuprofen when I feel some pain. Although I have little sustained pain. The limited flexibility is causing my walking to suffer. Compensating by limping.
    I think its time to look into doing something about this problem.
    I do not have insurance. I read that there may be financing available.
    How do I proceed.

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