Hip Replacement in Fargo, ND
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.
A Minimally Invasive Approach
In a traditional hip replacement, surgeons access the joint space through the back or side of the hip and cut muscle tissue. The anterior approach allows the joint to be accessed directly from the front through a natural interval between muscles, which are simply moved out of the way instead of cut.
Anterior Hip – Front View
This tissue-preserving method of accessing the joint is one of the main reasons for post-operative benefits, which include quicker short-term recovery, a potentially lower dislocation risk and very few post-operative hip precautions.1
Another difference between the two approaches is the length of the incision made in the skin. During traditional hip replacement, this incision is 8-12 inches, but the anterior approach is minimally invasive, requiring only a 3-4 inch incision.
- 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.