A new technique I perform called anterior approach hip replacement is helping people get back to their daily activities faster than ever.
With traditional hip replacement surgery, I access the joint through the buttocks or the side of the hip. But with the anterior approach, I go through the front of the body.
People recover faster because we go in-between the muscles instead of cutting through the muscles.
The Many Benefits
The anterior approach offers a lot of positives for patients, such as:
- People typically stay in the hospital for three days after hip replacement surgery, but with this procedure that can typically be cut down by a day or two.
- Instead of a six-inch incision, patients will likely have a three- or four-inch incision.
- People are more likely to be able to skip a stay in rehab and go straight home.
Most People Are Candidates
About 90 percent of people who need hip replacements are candidates for the anterior approach.
However, those who have had prior surgeries or people with severe deformity might need to stick with traditional methods.
While anterior approach is becoming more common, it’s still performed in less than 10 percent of cases. That’s because it’s technically very difficult for the surgeon, and it requires extra instrumentation at the hospital.
Right now there are only a few hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where it’s being performed. But with people’s desire to recover as quickly as possible, I anticipate the demand for this approach will grow.
This blog post was contributed by Charles Toulson, MD, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano.