Direct Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacement

Direct Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacement

The direct anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty is a minimally invasive technique not widely used. For the experienced orthopedic surgeon it may offer advantages over traditional approaches that involve operating from a lateral or posterior hip position resulting in significant joint and connecting tissue disturbance.

The direct anterior approach involves a smaller incision, no detaching of muscles or tendons, improved component positioning, equal leg lengths, decreased dislocation rates and decreased patient hospital stays.


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