There is now a less invasive alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery: direct anterior approach hip replacement. This new technique reduces post-operative pain, shortens recovery time, lessens the chance for dislocation and reduces time away from work and other activities for most patients. This new procedure doesn’t require the traditional method of cutting through tendons and muscles, only a small incision in the front of the hip. As a result, the patient experiences less pain, reduced risk for dislocation and a much faster recovery. Anyone in need of a hip replacement is eligible for direct anterior approach hip replacement surgery.
Patients can return to activities much sooner with anterior surgery because they don’t have the restrictions that are common after traditional surgery. They can do weight-bearing activities right away. They can walk upstairs. They can get in and out of the car. They can bend their hip any way that it is comfortable. There are no restrictions against crossing the legs or other movements, as there are after traditional hip replacement surgery.
We at Guilford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center are proud to have physicians on staff who are highly qualified in this new technology.
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