Joint-replacement specialists at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, NY, have extensive experience with the most advanced approaches to joint reconstruction and hip replacement.
The Orthopedic and Spine Institute at NWH perform a wide range of procedures that are individualized to your condition and situation.
Scroll down to read about Anterior Hip Replacement, the most advanced technique in hip replacement surgery.
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Understanding the Anterior Approach:
An Effective Approach to Hip Replacement
There are three main approaches to hip replacement — lateral, anterior and posterior. Patients must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine which procedure is most appropriate for their condition. Of these three, the anterior approach has become increasingly more popular over the last decade due to some unique benefits, including:
• a lower risk for hip dislocation, thereby enabling patient to regain mobility more quickly
• a shorter hospital stay—patients typically go home after 1-2 days
• less need for inpatient rehabilitation—many patients can skip this entirely
• decreased level of pain
• a shorter recovery period
Instead of replacing the hip from the lateral or the posterior approach, the anterior approach focuses on replacing the hip through 3- to 4-inch incisions in the front of the joint. This offers many advantages during and after the procedure, such as avoiding splitting muscles and detaching tendons, which can help patients to recover more quickly.
While there are some distinct benefits, the anterior hip replacement approach may not be appropriate for all patients, including patients with extra abdominal fat, which could interfere with incision healing and lead to post-surgical infection. Your surgeon can help to determine which procedure is most appropriate for you.