Preparing for Hip Replacement Surgery
Schedule an orthopedic evaluation with Dr. Todd Sekundiak at (701) 417-6000 or schedule your appointment online to find out if hip replacement surgery is your best treatment option.
Surgical Approach Matters
When preparing for hip replacement surgery, the implant isn’t the only choice you have. One kind of surgical approach avoids cutting muscle tissue, offering a quicker short-term recovery and potentially lower dislocation risk than other hip replacement approaches.1-3.
It’s called the anterior approach, and it’s gaining popularity thanks to improvements in surgical techniques and instrumentation. With this minimally invasive approach, surgeons make a small incision and set the implant without cutting the muscle fibers. This allows the soft tissue in the joint to heal quickly.
Patients are standing and walking sooner, and benefiting from full range of motion with fewer, if any, post-operative hip precautions compared with those who’ve had a traditional hip replacement.4
- Bergin PF, Doppelt JD, Kephart CJ, et al. Comparison of minimally invasive direct anterior versus posterior total hip arthroplasty based on inflammation and muscle damage markers. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2011;93:1392-1398.
- Rodriguez JA, Deshmuk AJ, Rathod PA, et al. Does the direct anterior approach in THA offer faster rehabilitation and comparable safety to the posterior approach? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2014;472:455-463.
- Zawadsky MW, Paulus MC, Murray PJ and Johansen MA. Early outcome comparison between the direct anterior approach and the mini-incision posterior approach for primary total hip arthroplasty: 150 consecutive cases.The Journal of Arthroplasty 29. 2014;1256-1260.
- Restrepo C, Mortazavi SJM, Brothers J, Parvizi J and Rothman RH. Hip dislocation: Are hip precautions necessary in anterior approaches? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2011;469:417-422.