A total hip replacement is a type of joint replacement surgery. Replacing your hip joint with an artificial one to decrease pain while increasing mobility. In the medical field it is called total hip arthroplasty. An orthopedic surgeon can do these procedures from behind the hip, to the side of the hip, or from in front of the hip. Total hip replacement with anterior approach refers to surgeries done from in front of the hip. These surgeries may also be called mini, modified, minimally invasive, or muscle-sparing surgeries. Dr. Greiner of Greiner Orthopedics is one of only a few orthopedics in Kansas City that do anterior approach hip replacements.
Anterior Approach Hip Replacement involves a 3 to 4 inch incision on the front of the hip allowing the joint to be replaced by moving muscles aside along their natural tissue planes, while not detaching any tendons. Benefits of this approach typically include: speedier recovery, less pain, and more normal hip function after hip replacement. Since the tendons aren’t detached from the hip during direct anterior hip replacement procedure, normal hip precautions are generally are not necessary. Benefits of this procedure include patients returning to normal daily activities in a short period of time after surgery with minimal risk of dislocation.