Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement
This procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that provides potential for less pain, faster recovery, and improved mobility because the muscle tissues are spared during the surgical procedure. One small incision is made on the front of the joint. This technique allows the surgeon to work between the muscles and tissues without detaching the muscles and tendons from the bone around the hip joint.
What makes this procedure different than a traditional hip replacement? - The hip is exposed in a way that does not detach muscles from the bone. Intraoperative x-ray improves component position and optimal component selection. With this new innovative procedure, we are able to ensure equal leg lengths, which is a significant improvement from the traditional approach. There are also decreased dislocation rates with the new procedure.
Traditional Hip Replacement
The procedure involves removing the ball and socket of a joint with arthritis and inserting a new ball and socket to allow movement at the new joint. There are many types of total joint replacement implant options including the type of material used.