Total hip replacement (also known as hip arthroplasty) is one of the most common orthopaedic procedures. Replacing the hip joint with an implant or “prosthesis” relieves pain and improves mobility so that you are able to resume your normal, everyday activities.
Traditionally, surgeons have used the posterior approach, which means from behind. The anterior approach is an approach to the front of the hip joint. In minimally invasive total hip replacement, the surgical procedure is similar, but there is less cutting of the tissue surrounding the hip. Rather than an eight to 12 inch incision, the surgeon may make an incision as small as three to four inches long. The artificial implants used are the same as those used for traditional hip replacement. However, specially designed surgical instruments are needed to prepare the socket and femur and to place the implants properly.
Research suggests that this technique may be associated with reduced muscle damage and pain, as well as faster recovery. Patients who undergo the anterior approach may also be able to avoid certain post-surgery precautions.
As your California Pacific Orthopaedic surgeon if you are a good candidate for the minimally invasive anterior hip approach.