What is an Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement?
An anterior (front) total hip replacement is a minimally invasive hip replacement procedure resulting in faster recovery times, less pain and a greater range of motion following surgery than traditional, posterior total hip replacement.
When Gary had his first hip replaced 10 years ago, the posterior process was used; but with Dr. Bonenberger, he used the new, tissue-sparing anterior approach.
“With the anterior approach, we make a small incision on the front of the hip, as opposed to the back with the posterior approach,” says Dr. Bonenberger. “This smaller incision spares most of the muscle and tissue surrounding the joint.”
Once the incision is made, Dr. Bonenberger uses precision instruments to remove the damaged cartilage and bone. After the joint has been cleaned and prepped, a prosthetic joint is implanted.