If you are experiencing severe hip pain, groin pain, and/or hip stiffness, a direct anterior hip replacement may be an option. The surgeons at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates are trained in the latest anterior hip replacement surgery procedures. Our highly skilled staff is committed to helping patients return to an active, pain-free lifestyle. If you think you may be a candidate for an anterior approach hip replacement or want to learn more, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure used to treat debilitating conditions of the hip, including:
During the procedure, the damaged joint surfaces of the ball and socket are removed and replaced with an implant. The femoral component is a metal prosthesis inserted into the femur. The acetabular (socket) component is a metal cup placed into the pelvis. A bearing surface is then attached to both implants. These bearing surfaces can come from different materials. Usually, the acetabular bearing is plastic (polyethylene). The ball on the femoral component can be either metal or ceramic.
During an anterior approach hip replacement, the incision is on the front of the hip. Your surgeon will spread the muscles apart to gain access to the hip. There is no need to cut any muscles or tendons. Some surgeons use a unique table to perform anterior approach hip replacement, but this is not always required.
Because your surgeon does not cut any muscles or tendons, anterior approach hip replacement offers several advantages, including:
Most patients who are candidates for hip replacement surgery can have the procedure performed using an anterior approach. There are certain conditions, however, which may necessitate an alternate method.
Many patients can be discharged home on the day of surgery. Most patients walk with a walker for approximately one week and then transition to a cane. Driving is usually possible 3-4 weeks after surgery. Depending on your function, your surgeon may recommend physical therapy. Many patients can use a home exercise program.
To determine if you are a candidate for direct anterior approach hip replacement, schedule an
appointment today with Town Center Orthopaedic Associates by phone or online.