The decision to have anterior hip replacement surgery must be made on a case-by-case basis. The patient and doctor must consider whether or not the patient is a good candidate for the surgery, the cost of surgery and recovery time, and the surgeon’s experience. These topics are discussed below.

Patient Eligibility for Anterior Replacement

Traditional hip replacement is available to any patient healthy enough to undergo surgery, regardless of body type. In contrast, some surgeons believe that the best candidates for anterior hip replacement surgery are patients who are not obese or overly muscular.

Ultimately, even if a patient is deemed a good candidate for anterior hip replacement surgery, it is up to the patient to decide whether to have anterior hip replacement, traditional hip replacement, or no surgery at all.

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Potential Cost Savings of Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery

Another potential advantage of anterior hip replacement surgery is financial. A faster recovery can potentially translate into thousands of dollars in medical bill savings compared with traditional hip replacement surgery. In addition, patients who are employed may be able to return to work sooner, experiencing shorter lapses in their earnings.

Choosing a Surgeon

There is no specific credentialing system that certifies orthopedic surgeons to perform anterior hip replacement. Therefore, a patient should ask a surgeon:

  • How often do you perform this specific surgery?
  • What are your success and complication rates regarding this procedure?
  • What are the possible short- and long-term outcomes?

When weighing the advantages and risks of anterior hip replacement surgery, a surgeon’s experience and success with a specific procedure should be considered.

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