Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers the anterior approach option for patients considering hip replacement surgery. The anterior approach is an advanced surgical technique in which an incision is made in the front of the hip rather than to the side or back of the hip. This method uses muscle sparing strategies that reduce muscle trauma and get patients back to normal activity faster.
Benefits of Anterior Approach
Unlike traditional hip replacement surgery, anterior approach hip replacement allows the physician to replace the joint without distressing or detaching muscle from the pelvis or femur during surgery. With an anterior approach hip replacement, patients may be able to immediately bend their hips freely and bear full weight when comfortable, enabling a quicker return to normal function. Other benefits include decreased risk of dislocation, a smaller incision, more precise and accurate leg length and fewer days in the hospital. In fact, most patients are up walking the same day of surgery and leave the hospital as soon as same day or day after surgery.
Anterior approach hip replacement is performed on a customized operating table called a HANA arthoplasty table. The HANA table has the capability to minimize trauma to muscles and tissues by allowing for precise placement of the leg in such a way that muscles do not have to be cut. Northeast Georgia Medical Center is one of only six hospitals in Georgia with a HANA arthoplasty table.
For more information about our Orthopedic Program and the Anterior Approach Hip Replacement, contact us at (770) 219-8214.