What is Anterior Hip Replacement?
In some cases, a complete hip replacement is the best option for relieving hip pain, increasing mobility, and getting you back to enjoying everything you like to do. There are two types of hip replacement procedures: posterior and anterior. A posterior hip replacement accesses the hip joint from the back or side of the hip, whereas the anterior hip replacement procedure accesses the hip from the front side of the hip joint. While both types of procedures have been deemed effective, the hip specialists at Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley believe the anterior hip replacement procedure provides greater benefits to the patient.
Why Anterior Hip Replacement?
Minimizes muscle damage
Anterior hip replacement avoids cutting major muscles. There are fewer muscles at the front of the hip, allowing OSI hip surgeons to separate muscle fibers rather than cut through them or detach muscles from bones.
Reduced postoperative pain
Anterior hip replacement surgery doesn’t require cutting major muscles, which allows OSI hip replacement patients to experience less pain after surgery and lowers the use of pain medication .
Faster recovery time
Anterior hip replacement typically only requires a hospital stay of 1-2 days. After surgery, OSI hip replacement patients are able to bend at the hip and bear weight when it’s comfortable. A recent study found that anterior hip replacement patients walked unassisted six days earlier than other hip replacement patients.
Better range of movement
Many hip replacement patients worry that their new hip’s ball and socket will dislocate. With anterior hip replacement surgery, muscles and tissue that naturally prevent hip dislocation are not disturbed, so OSI hip replacement patients can bend over or sit with their legs crossed without risking a hip dislocation.
Potential Cost Savings
Another advantage of anterior hip replacement surgery can be financial. Faster recovery times translate into saving thousands of dollars in medical bills, compared with traditional hip replacement surgery. Plus, patients who work may be able to return to their job sooner, typically 3-4 weeks after their procedure.
For any and all hip pain or mobility issues, Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley’s board-certified orthopedic surgeons can help you feel and move better. Call your closest OSI location to make an appointment with a world-class OSI orthopedic hip specialist today.