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.
Should you request minimally invasive hip replacement surgery? Is there an advantage to computer assisted surgery? Does the shape and material of the new hip matter? Orthopedic surgeons and patients have many variables to consider.
Learn about the pros and cons of anterior hip replacement surgery. Recovery tends to be faster and patients are typically able to stop using their walkers and canes earlier, but there are potential disadvantages, too.
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.
Learn how the surgical steps for an anterior approach hip replacement differ from the more commonly utilized posterior approach.
When choosing a hip replacement surgeon, consider their credentials and surgical experience and know what questions to ask—and remember, it’s OK to get a second opinion.
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.