Is direct anterior total hip arthroplasty actually less invasive than posterior and lateral approaches? Is it actually not preferred for complex cases? An orthopaedic surgeon debunks myths.
A 68-year-old man with an ankylosed hip due to severe osteoarthritis has total hip replacement. Orthopaedic surgeon Matthew Deren, MD, says the anterior approach provides the best exposure of the fused anatomy.
An 82-year-old patient with severe osteoarthritis of the hip resumed playing golf and tennis less than three weeks after having hip replacement surgery at Cleveland Clinic London. While recovery from conventional hip replacement usually takes six to eight weeks, anterior hip replacement surgery provides a quicker recovery that is typically less painful because no muscles are cut during surgery.