Benefits and Advantages of the Anterior Approach
We live in exciting times in which the medical field is constantly evolving and improving on previous methods and technologies.
Hip replacement surgery is no different than the rest of the medical field — it’s constantly improving. Enter the Anterior Approach, a minimally-invasive method of hip replacement surgery.
You can imagine the benefits of a minimally-invasive approach, but we thought we’d list a few of them to help our patients and readership make a better informed decision towards their injury recovery.
Less Muscle Damage
By utilizing the anterior approach, we’ll be able to avoid cutting major muscles and tissues, which makes for less repair at the end of surgery.
Less Pain After Surgery
You’ll require less pain and require less pain medication to help you manage the pain. The anterior approach is a more conservative procedure that should always be considered.
Wider Range of Motion
A large number of traditional hip replacement patients must avoid sitting with legs crossed for many weeks after surgery to avoid hip dislocation. This is not so with the anterior approach.
Shorter Recovery Time
Since less muscle and soft tissues are manipulated or affected by the anterior approach, there is less downtime as a result. You’ll be back to your normal activities far sooner than with traditional hip replacement procedures.
Limitations of the Anterior Approach
As with any procedure, there are ideal candidates and candidates who might benefit less from this procedure. Patients with a lot of soft tissue (either obese or extremely muscular) might be a more challenging candidate for the anterior hip replacement approach.
Consult with your physician if you’d like to know more about the anterior approach. Dr. Ryan Shephard continues to offer the latest information and insights in hip replacement surgery as well as pain management after your operation.