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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 "Dr. Nassif and staff show competence, communication, and caring." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Everyone is pleasant and helpful. The doctor is extremely professional yet has a delightful personality that makes him approachable. He takes time to answer questions and walk you through your options." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "All my concerns were addressed and I appreciated that- It helped in an overall feeling of confidence going into surgery." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Their communication through HealthLoop and the pre-surgical orientation, as well as physical preparation for the procedure are absolutely beneficial for a successful surgery and healing." Provider: James T Caillouette MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Dr. Nassif was easy to talk to and I had great confidence in his ability to repair my hip." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "The entire process was explained to me in advance. There were no surprises as I approached the surgical date. I felt confident and prepared. The enthusiasm and on-going support of the medical team was wonderful too." Provider: James T Caillouette 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 "Dr. Nassif and his team make you feel comfortable and relaxed about having your procedure, during the procedure itself, and after during recovery." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "The whole process of the hip replacement went very smoothly. Each person I encountered was professional and concerned for my comfort, safety, and health." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Communication and excess ability were tops. All people I interacted with were very patient. Everyone was very polite and helpful" Provider: James T Caillouette MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Dr. Caillouette has good coordination, care, and skill." Provider: James T Caillouette MD
  • Total Hip Replacement "Hospital staff were quite good and took good care of me. Dr. Nassif did a great job and I expect to have a fully functioning hip/leg soon." Provider: Nader A Nassif MD
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