Any kind of surgery can be overwhelming and intimidating — particularly when it involves a complex procedure like hip replacement.
Let’s discuss what an anterior hip replacement surgery involves so you can decide if it's the right option for you.
What is anterior hip replacement?
Hip pain not only causes discomfort but also limits your mobility, affecting your overall quality of life.
Initially, your healthcare provider will explore non-surgical treatment options for hip pain. But when these methods fail to alleviate your pain, surgery may be recommended.
Anterior hip replacement is a type of hip surgery that replaces your natural hip joint with an artificial one. What sets it apart from the more traditional posterior hip replacement is the location of the incision. In anterior hip replacement, the incision is made closer to the front of your thigh, not the side.
It's important to note that "anterior" primarily refers to how the surgeon accesses your hip joint in relation to the abductor muscles, which are crucial for proper hip function without pain. Neither surgical approach involves cutting these muscles, making the recovery process easier and less painful.
Why would you need an anterior hip replacement?
The need for hip replacement surgery can be caused by different reasons, including accidents, injuries or natural wear and tear as you age.
The hip joint is a "ball and socket" joint. As we age, normal wear and tear is to be expected. However, in some cases, the joint can become damaged and extremely painful.
Hip replacement surgery helps restore function and alleviate the pain. Some common reasons for hip replacement include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone death caused by inadequate blood flow
- Bone tumors
What materials are used in hip replacements?
Hip surgery has significantly advanced over the years and new techniques are continuously refined. Hip replacements can be made of ceramic, metal or a combination of both. Your healthcare provider will discuss the most suitable options for your specific condition.
What are the benefits of anterior hip replacement?
While your surgeon will recommend the most appropriate approach for your individual circumstances, there are several advantages to choosing the anterior approach, including:
- Easier recovery
- Reduced post-operative pain
- Less trauma to the muscles
- Shorter hospital stays
- Lower risk of hip dislocation
At Tanner Ortho and Spine Center, our surgeons offer the unique Mako Robotic-arm Assisted Surgery System, using 3-D modeling and a virtual alignment system for unprecedented surgical precision and more consistent, comfortable outcomes.
When considering the best treatment plan for your condition, you have several options available. It is crucial to have a thorough discussion with your healthcare provider to determine the optimal plan for your specific needs.
If you’re worried that hip paint will put a damper on your activities and quality of life, try our free hip and knee joint health assessment as a place to begin exploring your options.