The human body is incredibly resilient and designed in a way that promotes a true attestation to nature and biology. However, the human body doesn’t stay sturdy and strong forever. Over the years, everyday wear and tear takes a toll on the body and things start falling apart, so to speak. 

From aches and breaks to pain in the joints, the motions and movements of living and growing are strenuous on the body. While most things repair naturally and the bones go about being strong, sometimes there comes a time for scientific intervention. 

This is where orthopedic surgery comes into play. Orthopedic surgeons deal with issues relating to muscles, joints, and bones. It is an evolving field that is constantly adapting to provide patients with the best and most effective muscle or bone pain relief. 

A great example of this is anterior hip replacement surgery. This article will take a closer look at the details of this surgery its potential benefits for patients. 

What is this surgery?

This is a type of surgery that restores the hip joints back to their full potential. It is a less invasive version of the traditional surgery. The anterior approach refers to the surgery starting from the front of the joint as opposed to the posterior approach, where the surgeon gains access to the affected joint from the rear. 

Approaching the joint from the front means that there is less surgical contact with other parts of the hip. It also means that there is less muscle or nerve damage risk potential. 

What are advantages of this surgery?

This method of approaching the surgery from the front of the joint is proven to have several advantages, including

  • Less muscle and nerve damage
  • Less pain after the operation during recovery
  • Decreased risk of displacement or fractures in the future
  • Shorter stay in the hospital
  • Wider range of movement during recovery and when fully healed
  • Quicker rate of recovery and can sooner get back to normal life

What are some disadvantages of this surgery?

Like anything in the medical field, this type of surgery isn’t perfect. While it is ideal for some patients who have an on-the-go lifestyle and want the quickest healing time, there are disadvantages that come with this. Some of these include:

  • There is a lot of learning time for surgeons and it is highly detailed
  • Obese or overweight people might not be eligible
  • The wound takes long to heal
  • There remains potential for nerve damage 

For patients that require surgery, make sure you do the research to ensure you choose the procedure that is right for you.

Have questions?

Request a consultation with one of the anterior hip specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute. Call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. Drs. David Eggert and Brian Lohrbach perform anterior hip procedures.

OSI has convenient locations to serve you. The campus in Appleton includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, as well as a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries.

OSI has outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.