Total hip replacement replaces damaged parts of the hip with new artificial parts. When a hip replacement is done from the front of the hip, this is called anterior hip replacement.
The posterior approach to hip replacement is the most common type of hip replacement surgery because it is appropriate for almost all patients. The anterior hip replacement is a more technically advanced procedure, and it’s not appropriate for patients who are significantly overweight or who have deformities of the femur or pelvis.
The main difference between posterior vs. anterior hip replacement is the location of the incision for the surgery. Posterior hip replacements are performed via an incision on the back of the hip, in the gluteus maximus muscle. The anterior hip replacement approach goes through the upper thigh. Fewer muscles are cut to perform surgery with the anterior approach, leading to shorter hospital stays and recovery time post-surgery.
Compared to the traditional posterior hip replacement, anterior hip replacement offers several positive benefits to the patient, including:
After undergoing a total hip replacement, whether using the posterior or anterior approach, patients must follow strict precautions for about 12 weeks. These precautions are meant to help the hip joint heal without re-injury during the recovery period. Your orthopedic surgeon at Tennessee Orthopedic Clinics will give you a list of anterior hip replacement precautions to follow after your hip surgery.