Anterior Approach

What is Anterior Approach?

The surgical approach (sometimes called surgical technique) is the way the surgeon makes their incision so they can operate on the bones that make up the joint. Most surgeons use what is called a posterior-lateral approach, but more are starting to use the Anterior Approach. The main difference is that unlike a posterior-lateral approach where the muscles are cut, the Anterior Approach allows the surgeon to work around the muscles keeping them intact.

Potential benefits of the Anterior Approach 1-8

 
 

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References
  • Barrett WP, et al, Prospective Randomized Study of Direct Anterior vs Postero-Lateral Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty, The Journal of Arthroplasty (2013)
  • Zawadsky. 2014. JOA. Early outcome comparison between the daa and mini-incision posterior approach for primary THA- 150 consecutive cases.
  • Christensen. 2015. JOA. Comparison of Patient Function during the First Six Weeks after Direct Anterior or Posterior Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA): A Randomized Study
  • Rodriguez. 2013. CORR. Does the Direct Anterior Approach in THA Offer Faster Rehabilitation and Comparable Safety to the Posterior Approach?
  • Vail. 2009. JBJS. Approaches in Primary THA
  • Bourne. 2010. AAOS. A comparison between direct anterior surgery of the hip (DASH) and the anterolateral (AL) surgical approach to THA: Postoperative outcomes
  • Parvizi. 2016. Ortho Clin N Am. Total Hip Arthroplasty Performed Through Direct Anterior Approach Provides Superior Early Outcome Results of a Randomized, Prospective Study
  • Higgins. 2015. JOA. Anterior vs. posterior approach for THA, a systematic review and meta-analysis.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip arthroscopy is right for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.