Hip replacements have provided good service and relief to hundreds of thousands of Americans over the last half century. Some of the changes to the basic hip replacement have made the operation safer and more reliable for younger, heavier and more active individuals.
Anterior Approach Hip Replacement:
Phelps orthopedic surgeons offer patients the latest techniques and technology, including Anterior Approach Hip Replacement. With this advanced procedure, surgical entry is from the front. The surgeon is able to work within the natural space between the muscles and does not have to cut any muscles or tendons to reach the hip. The most important muscles for hip function — the gluteal muscles, which attach to the pelvis and femur — are left undisturbed and therefore do not require a healing process.
Compared to standard and mini-incision hip replacement surgeries, the anterior approach has been shown to have fewer postoperative complications, less pain, and quicker recovery. It produces a more fixed hip, less likely to “pop out of the joint” with rigorous exercise or sudden movements. Hip replacement was once reserved for sedentary adults over the age of 60, but the anterior approach is appropriate for younger patients as well.