Anterior and Posterior Approach for Hip Replacement

Anterior Approach

The anterior approach for hip replacement maximizes the preservation of muscle around the hip and maintains the anatomical relationship of the body. This approach lets the surgeon reach the hip joint from the front of the body instead of from the back or side and with only a 3- to 4-inch incision. The benefits of the anterior approach are:

  • Pain is minimized
  • Faster recovery
  • Accurate leg length
  • Unrestricted mobility after surgery

Posterior Approach

The posterior approach has historically been the gold standard for hip replacement surgery, and remains the most commonly used approach in the country. The surgeon reaches the joint minimizing muscle dissection, preserving the hip flexor muscles and avoiding anterior nerve structures. Intraoperative imaging allows for reliable and accurate restoration of hip anatomy.

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