Hip Replacement And Anterior Incision Problems

Hip Replacement And Anterior Incision Problems

Single incision total anterior hip replacement is a procedure where the surgeon approaches the hip joint from the front instead of the side or the back which has been the traditional approach all these years.

Anterior incision method has been followed in Europe for many years with fairly good results. This is a minimally invasive surgical technique.

In the case of anterior hip replacement, the muscle from the pelvis or femur is not detached as in the case of the traditional approach. The hip is approached from the front and replaced through a natural interval between muscles. The muscles are not cut but separated. This permits the patients to immediately bend their hips after surgery. This way the patients can avoid many restrictions that are normal with traditional hip replacement surgery.

Procedure comparison:

Anterior hip replacement

Traditional hip replacement

Immediate hip use is possible

Limited hip motion for 6-8 weeks after surgery

Average 4 inch incision

Average 10 -12 inch incision

Muscles and tendons not cut

Muscles and tendons are cut

Less scaring

 

Faster recovery

 

Less pain after surgery

 

Shorter hospital stay

 

Less blood loss

 

No limitations on resumption of normal sexual activity after surgery

A few limitations on resumption of normal sexual activity after surgery

A special operating table and tools are required

 

 

It is mainly due to lack of familiarity, traditional teaching and non availability of necessary equipment and instrumentation which is responsible for US surgeons not using this approach while this procedure is well established in Europe and provides quite a few advantages to the patients.

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