Anterior Hip Replacement

For individuals who need a hip replacement, Parkview Ortho Hospital offers a muscle sparing technique that minimizes trauma to the major muscles surrounding the hip joint: an anterior hip replacement. This alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility.

Why is a muscle sparing technique better than others?

A muscle sparing technique involves more than just a shoter incision. It also focus on the way surgeons access the hip joint. The goal is to minimize muscle and tendon damage, making surgery less traumatic for you. This can also result in for shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries.

How is it done?

During this procedure, the orthopedic surgeon makes one or two small incisions along the anterior (front) of the hip. This allows the surgeon to approach the hip joint directly. Traditional approaches would require making an incision on the side or back of the hip, and cutting the muscles and/or tendons that surround the hip.

Replacement work is then done by going between the muscles that surround the hip joint, without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones. This spares the tissues from trauma. Keeping the muscles intact also helps prevent dislocations, and it avoids the pain of sitting on the incision site.

A specially designed surgical table enables the unique positioning of the femur (thighbone) and pelvis, while minimizing muscle trauma during hip replacement surgery. During surgery, the table allows the operative leg to be moved. This gives the surgeon better access in positioning the implant. Additionally, X-rays taken during the procedure help provide exact placement and measurements.

Hear Dr. Jason Heisler, D.O., orthopedic surgeon, Ortho NorthEast (ONE), discuss the benefits of anterior hip replacement surgery. Anterior hip replacement may be an option that has the benefit of a shorter length of stay, faster recovery, and quicker return to activity.

?What are the benefits?

The anterior hip replacement surgery is designed to reduce trauma to the tissues surrounding the hip joint. While everyone responds differently to surgery – and recovery varies from patient to patient – this approach may result in:

  • Accelerated recovery time
  • Fewer restrictions during recovery, including the bending of the hip and weight bearing
  • Reduced scarring
  • Faster stability of the implant
  • Reduced chance of dislocation
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Faster return to daily activities 

Listen to, Dan Kline, as he discuss his experience with anterior hip replacement, performed by Dr. Heisler at Parkview Ortho Hospital.

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