The anterior approach for hip replacement is performed without detaching the muscles and tissues from the hip or thighbones, according to DePuy Orthopaedics. Instead, the procedure is done by going between the muscles and tissues. Usually, a high-tech operating room is used to give the surgeon better access to the hip. The anterior approach may be a better option for overweight patients because it is minimally invasive.
Because the muscles and tissues are not actually detached from the bone, there is usually less tissue damage and dislocations, notes DePuy Orthopaedics. The anterior approach also allows for a faster recovery time since the muscles and tissues do not need much time to heal. Patients of the anterior approach generally have fewer restrictions post-surgery than those who have had traditional hip replacement. These patients can usually bend their hip and bear weight very soon after the procedure.
A traditional hip replacement involves an incision on the side or back of the hip, according to DePuy Orthopaedics. The anterior approach is done with one incision on the front of the hip. This allows the patient to avoid pain resulting from sitting on the incision location post-surgery. Another advantage of this is a smaller chance for scarring.