Anterior Hip Replacement
A number of conditions, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause severe hip damage. When the pain and stiffness prevent you from performing daily activities, working or being as active as you would like to be, your doctor may recommend hip replacement—a procedure that relieves pain and restores mobility for more than a quarter million people in the U.S. each year.
The Joint Replacement Program at Berkshire Medical Center—designated by The Joint Commission as a Center of Excellence for Hip & Knee Replacement—offers the most advanced surgical procedure available for hip replacement, the anterior hip approach. The anterior hip replacement is an alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that leaves key muscle groups surrounding the hip and thigh bones undisturbed. Therefore, the surgeon is able to work between those muscles and tissues, rather than having to detach and subject them to trauma.
Advantages of Anterior Hip Replacement
For patients, the anterior approach offers a number of potential benefits, including:
- Less pain: The incision is smaller and is located on the front of the leg (as opposed to the rear, which is used for a posterior approach). This avoids the discomfort of sitting on the incision, as experienced with a traditional hip replacement. Also, less pain medication is required, as tissue trauma has been minimized.
- Faster recovery: This is due to the surgeon’s ability to perform the surgery without disruption of major muscles. Although each patient experiences individual differences, most people are able to bend the hip freely and put full weight on the leg immediately or soon after surgery. Most patients are able to get up and walk normal distances with the use of a cane on the day after anterior hip replacement and are ready to progress quickly with therapy.
- Lower incidence of hip replacement dislocation: This is because key muscles and supportive structures are not disrupted during surgery. Patients do not need to follow the activity restrictions required after a traditional hip replacement.
Are You a Candidate for Anterior Hip Replacement?
Several of our orthopedic surgeons, Kevin Mitts, M.D., Jeffrey Cella, M.D., and Anthony DeFelice, D.O., are performing this state-of-the-art procedure at BMC. Contact our joint replacement surgery team to make an appointment with one of these specialists.
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