Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Procedure
Anterior Hip Replacement involves lying patients on their backs and performing the procedure through a small incision, often 3 or 4 inches, on the front of the thigh. Unlike other surgical approaches, no muscles are cut and other supporting tissues are left intact, allowing for immediate stability and much faster return to activity. Since the unique patient position allows for using an x-ray guidance system, the approach allows Dr. Palmer to confirm proper leg length and implant position before the procedure is completed, thus improving accuracy.
Following the 30- to 45-minute surgery, most patients may walk with minimal assistance within a few hours, and many go home the same day. Unlike traditional posterior hip joint replacement, there are no sitting, sleeping, or stair climbing restrictions including the ability of patients to cross their legs or sleep on their side.
Unlike traditional posterior hip joint replacement, there are no sitting, sleeping, or stair climbing restrictions including the ability of patients to cross their legs or sleep on their side.
Blood loss is minimal and transfusions are unnecessary. Patients may begin showering the day after surgery and drive within a much shorter period of time. Many patients return to work within two weeks (or less) of their successful surgery.
How Does The Anterior Approach Impact Recovery?
- Walk unassisted in 4 - 6 weeks
- Precautions for 6 weeks
- Driving in 4- 6 weeks
- Return to work in 6 weeks
- Pain medicines 4 -6 weeks
- Leg length differences
- Component malpositioning
- Walk unassisted in days
- No precaustions
- Driving in days
- Return to work when comfortable
- Many patients require no narcotics
- X-Ray confirms length and offset
- X-Ray confirms implant position