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Anterior Approach to Total Hip Replacement

Board-Certified Orthopedic Hip Surgeons in Orange County

About Hip Arthritis

The hip is a ball and socket joint. The ball (femoral head) is covered with a layer of smooth cartilage. The socket (acetabulum) is also covered with a layer of smooth cartilage. In addition, there is a piece of cartilage that surrounds the periphery of the socket (labrum) and acts to help maintain a seal on the hip joint. The end result is smooth cartilage for a normal and healthy joint function.

Arthritis is the destruction of the normal cartilage.

The most common form known as Osteoarthritis, where the cartilage gradually thins and eventually the joint becomes bone-on-bone. There are many other reasons for destruction of cartilage such as inflammatory disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis), previous fracture or dislocation (post traumatic arthritis) or loss of blood supply (osteonecrosis) to name a few.

The end result for all of these conditions is the same: destruction of the joint surfaces leading to pain, inflammation and difficulty with performing normal activities, including walking, sitting and sleeping.

About Anterior Total Hip Replacement

Anterior total hip replacement, also known as hip arthroplasty, is a technique where an incision is made on the front of the hip and surgery is done between the muscles. In contrast, the traditional posterior approach for hip replacement, required an incision along the side of the hip and the surgery is done through the buttock muscle (gluteus maximus), which can be a longer recovery for the patient and require more physical therapy to regain previous range of motion and movement.

Studies have demonstrated an advantage in pain relief and improved function, specifically in the first 2 weeks following surgery.

Anterior hip replacement surgery utilizes special instrumentation and operating room table to facilitate the procedure.

Recovery Following Anterior Hip Arthroplasty

Depending on the patient's age and preoperative activity level will determine how long a patient will stay in the hospital which can be one or two nights following surgery. For healthy and motivated patients, the Enhanced Recovery Program allows patients to go home the same day of their procedure.

Is the Anterior Approach right for me?

Multiple factors determine whether you are eligible to safely undergo Anterior hip replacement procedure, including your overall health, age, weight (Body Mass Index), the severity of arthritis, and previous operations on the hip. You and your surgeon will discuss these factors to determine eligibility.

Schedule a consultation with a Newport Orthopedic Institute orthopedic hip surgeon in Orange County to treat your hip arthritis. Call (949) 722-7038.

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  • Total Hip Replacement "The whole prep, surgery and post op were handled with good communication and efficiently." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "I was treated with respect, compassion and transparency. Everyone on the team was extremely professional, and still very warm. I was thoroughly briefed on every aspect of my surgery, including being supplied with my surgical notes. Cara is very professio ..." Provider: James T Caillouette MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Everyone was great, Dr Nassif, and team were great, my calls, question, concerns we're answered...PT, nurses were all so nice...I had an amazing experience!" Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Dr. Caillouette cares deeply for his patients and it shows with his team. His PA Cara is very caring and takes her time with you. His office staff and team have high regards for the doctor. Thank you so much to everyone who made my surgery a success!" Provider: James T Caillouette MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Highly professional, very organized , excellent and timely communications with Julie via computer, clear communications and explanations of all phases." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Dr. Nassif is a great surgeon and great bedside manner. Very friendly. Communicated the options I had and when it was surgery time he explained the procedure. Never rushed. Always asked if I had questions. Great staff too." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "My experience was great and I had great feedback from my PT." Provider: James T Caillouette MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Dr. Nassif is very matter of fact, lays out the options, and makes you feel comfortable about the decision making process and surgery." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "I had a very positive experience with my hip replacement surgery. Everyone involved was very professional and the hospital was one of the best that I have ever had contact with." Provider: James T Caillouette MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Competent, caring, thorough, kind." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Dr. Caillouette was great and his PA Cara Walker is fantatstic! The office team, Jasmine MA and Julie are so helpful and nice, really great experiences!" Provider: James T Caillouette MD
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    16300 Sand Canyon Ave, Suite 400
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