The hip is where the femur (thigh bone) meets the pelvis in a ball and socket joint. The hip can undergo degenerative changes due to arthritis, and surgery may be necessary to relieve pain from the condition. There are many surgical options to treat hip pain due to arthritis, including total replacement of the hip joint, and more.

Learn how anterior hip replacement surgeries are different from more traditional hip replacements, including the advantages and disadvantages of the anterior surgical approach.
While people commonly think of general anesthesia when considering surgical anesthesia, local anesthesia may also be an option for some surgeries or less invasive medical procedures for arthritis.
There are no universally agreed upon post-surgical precautions for anterior hip replacement. For this reason, patients are advised to adhere to their surgeon's instructions.

Regularly performing heel and toe lifts, standing hip abduction, shallow squats, and low-impact aerobic exercises after an anterior hip replacement is essential to maintaining hip strength and overall health.

What issues should patients and their doctors think about when considering the anterior approach hip replacement? Learn about who can have the surgery, choosing a surgeon, and getting a second opinion.