Introduction: When most people think about having a hip replacement, they think about the posterior approach. This is where the surgeon comes in from the back and works on the hip from that angle. While this is the most common way to do a hip replacement, it’s not necessarily the best way.
I’m a big believer in anterior hip replacement, which is where the surgery is done from the front. There are a number of reasons why this is a better option for patients.
Anterior Hip Replacement is less invasive
The first reason why anterior hip replacement is the best way to have a hip replacement is because it’s less invasive. With the posterior approach, the surgeon has to go through all of the muscles in order to get to the hip. This can cause a lot of damage to those muscles and can make recovery more difficult. With anterior hip replacement, however, the surgeon can work around those muscles, which means less damage and a quicker, easier recovery.
Anterior Hip Replacement has fewer complications
Another reason why anterior Hip Replacement is superior is because there are fewer complications associated with it. One of the most common complications with posterior hip replacements is that one leg ends up being shorter or longer than the other. This isn’t an issue with anterior hip replacements. Additionally, anterior hip replacements are also associated with fewer dislocations and fewer restrictions on activity after surgery.
Anterior Hip Replacement has better outcomes
Finally, when you compare the outcomes of anterior and posterior hip replacements, it’s clear that anterior Hip Replacement comes out on top. Studies have shown that patients who have an anterior hip replacement have less pain, a quicker recovery time, and are able to return to their normal activities sooner than those who have a posterior approach.
If you’re considering having a hip replacement, be sure to ask your doctor about an anterior approach. While it’s more challenging for the surgeon, it’s less invasive and results in fewer complications for the patient. Best of all, patients who have an anterior hip replacement tend to experience less pain and a quicker recovery time.