Anterior hip arthroplasty is a minimally invasive technique for total hip replacement which is growing in popularity as an alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery because it allows the surgeon to avoid cutting muscle. This allows for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility. The approach can also help spare prevent dislocation. With this technique, the surgeon can work between the muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones. Since the small incision is on the front (anterior) of the hip the patient avoids the pain of sitting on the incision.
Bill Haller, MD