surgeons at Glendale Adventist Medical Center are among a growing number of surgeons nationwide who are offering patients a surgical approach that may speed recovery
and decrease post-operative pain for hip replacement procedures.
Called the direct anterior, or "front" approach, this technique involves making an incision on the front of the hip
rather than the side or back as traditionally done. As a result,
the surgeon can follow the natural spaces between the hip joint's
muscles and tendons, resulting in less damage to these soft
Rehabilitation is often a faster process because the hip is replaced
without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur.
Additionally, because the gluteal muscles and other natural
stabilizers are left undisturbed, it is possible for patients to
regain mobility more quickly and ultimately go home from the
In fact, the normal post-operative restriction
of limiting hip movement to 60 or 90 degrees does not apply to
those patients who have undergone the direct anterior approach.
Following the anterior approach, patients may be allowed to bend
their hip freely, allowing them to resume their normal daily
activities such as sitting or getting into or out of a car
Other key advantages of the direct anterior approach include:
- Hospital stay may be reduced from 3 to 10 days to 2 to 4 days
- Smaller surgical scar
- Reduced risk of post-surgical dislocation of the hip implant
For a referral to a GAMC orthopedic physician, call (818) 409-8100.