During a total hip replacement, the ball and socket in the hip bone are cleaned and replaced. With anterior approach total hip replacement, a surgeon starts by creating a small incision on the front (anterior) of the body as opposed to the traditional posterior (back) approach. An anterior total hip replacement allows for a faster recovery and less downtime for patients because the surgeon can spare muscle and tissue as opposed to cutting them (more on these benefits below).
Typically, recovery and rehabilitation time can be cut by several weeks using the anterior approach total hip replacement technique.
The surgeon uses precision instruments to remove the damaged cartilage and bone from the socket. The new hip is a durable prosthetic. The damaged part of the femur (thigh bone) is replaced with a metal stem and a ball is placed on top of the stem to recreate the ball and socket of the hip.