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Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement

Hip replacement surgery has advanced in many ways over the past thirty years. The common conditions associated with the need for replacement including: osteoarthritis, avascular necrosis of the femoral head, rheumatoid arthritis etc. have been successfully treated with joint replacement. Not only are the implants used becoming more advanced in their longevity and wear properties, but the approach to replacing a diseased hip have also improved. The anterior approach, first discussed over twenty-five years ago, has become a very successful and reproducible way to treat these varied pathologies of the hip joint. The advantages of this approach are many, but decreased time to ambulation without typical precautions from a posterior approach may be the biggest advantage. In addition to the improved time to ambulation, patients typically have more accurate leg length matching and soft tissue dissection sparring.

I have been trained on this technique starting in residency and continuing in my fellowship at Vanderbilt University. This approach is being expanded to include primary revisions for hip replacements, as well as for the treatment of various types of femoral fractures. While posterior methods are still used by many surgeons throughout the United States, the anterior option offers patients some benefits over the posterior approach. And while outcomes are similar-to-equal for both approaches at three months, there is no denying that in the early postoperative period patients typically perform better. I am pleased to offer this as the primary approach to treating degenerating hips to all of my patients necessitating hip replacement.

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