The anterior hip replacement method surgery is successful, as patients experience substantially less muscle damage when compared to the posterior approach surgery, reports The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. A 2011 study of the minimally invasive procedure showed that patients experienced similar inflammation levels in both surgery methods.
While surgeons have used the anterior replacement approach since the 1980s, more doctors are successfully using the procedure as of 2015 due to surgical equipment developments that permit smaller incisions, notes Hospital for Special Surgery. In an anterior hip replacement, or hip arthroplasty, the surgeon makes a 4-inch incision through the front, instead of the back, of the leg to replace the patient's thigh bone ball and hip socket with manufactured components. The front entry allows the surgeon easier access to the surgery area and shortens the patient's recovery time.