Hip Precautions and the Direct Anterior Approach

When comparing options for total hip replacement, it is important to understand there are risks and benefits of the muscle-sparing anterior approach and the traditional posterior approach. Excellent results can be obtained with both approaches. The proposed benefits to the anterior approach are a faster recovery with less pain, decreased risk of dislocation, and fewer motion restrictions or “hip precautions” after surgery. With the anterior approach, patients are able to flex and rotate their replaced hip without limitations. This is a good option for patients who wish to quickly return to a high level of activity with less restriction of motion.

Not every patient is a good candidate for the anterior approach. Please call our office for more information or to schedule a consultation.