Recovery time for anterior hip surgery is usually quicker than that for traditional surgery, with most patients up and walking the same day of surgery, according to Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center. Patients begin walking unassisted within three weeks, compared to a five- to six-week period after traditional surgery.
In direct anterior hip replacement surgery, the surgeon makes a 3- to 6-inch incision on the front of the hip and moves rather than cuts the surrounding muscles. The technique produces less trauma, damage and pain to the soft tissues in the area than traditional surgery produces, explains Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center. Patients comply more easily with postsurgery hip precautions when surgeons utilize the anterior approach.