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Why perform the direct anterior approach for total hip replacement? What are the benefits?

Traditionally, joint replacement has been an inpatient surgical procedure.
Results show the direct anterior approach using a fracture table performed by experienced surgeons is an effective technique which provides early postoperative function, smaller incision, no detaching of muscles or tendons, improved component positioning, equal leg lengths, reduces the risk of dislocation and decreased patient hospital stays.

With the introduction of minimally invasive techniques, modern pain protocols, improved anesthetic techniques, and rapid rehabilitation protocols surgeons are able to perform joint replacement procedures on an outpatient basis.

Outpatient joint replacement is exactly the same as traditional joint replacement, but the patient is allowed to go home in the first 24 hours after the surgery. This allows patients to recover at home instead of overnight in a hospital.

Benefits Include:

  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Overall decreased cost
  • Improved pain management
  • Early mobilization
  • Careful home monitoring
  • Fewer complications
  • Improved outcomes
  • Increased patient comfort

The following Hinsdale Orthopaedics physicians are experienced surgeons with years of experience performing direct anterior approach hip replacements.

Click here to read a discussion from Becker’s Orthopedic Review about the direct anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty and the benefits they’ve seen.

Written by Megan Wood | Tuesday, 07 February 2017 14:45 | ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2017