2- Hip Replacement – Anterior

Anterior hip replacement surgery is an alternative to hip replacements where the surgeon accesses the hip joint from the side or through the buttocks. The anterior procedure is sometimes called a mini hip replacement or mini anterior hip replacement because it uses an incision that can be as small as 3-4 inches. It’s also known as a muscle-sparing hip replacement because it doesn’t require detaching or cutting muscles or tendons. Consequently, patients usually experience better mobility, fewer activity restrictions, and a shorter recovery time than patients who’ve had other hip replacement procedures. The location in which the hip joint is accessed is what makes the anterior approach unique; as with other hip replacements, worn hip components are replaced with a titanium socket lined by a plastic or ceramic insert, and a titanium thighbone prosthesis connected to a metal or ceramic ball that rotates within the socket.

Questions For Your Doctor
1. What guidelines should I follow prior to my procedure? Will I need other tests or evaluations before the procedure?
2. What will happen if I don’t undergo the procedure now?
3. Which type of repair will you perform and why is it the appropriate procedure for my condition?
4. How long will the procedure last and will I be under anesthesia?
5. What kind of implant or prosthesis will be used, and what is the success rate with this material?
6. Will I be given medication after surgery? What tips do you have for me to ease discomfort?
7. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? Are there special instructions for eating, sleeping, or bathing?
8. When can I bear full weight on the surgical side after the procedure?
9. When can I return to work, resume normal activity, drive, and exercise?
10. Will I need physical therapy?