Why Anterior Hip Replacements Have Become the Popular Choice

Why Anterior Hip Replacements Have Become the Popular Choice

What would you say if we told you an anterior hip replacement surgery could get you back on your feet faster than traditional approaches? How about if we added that you’d also experience less pain and discomfort in the process?

These are just two of the reasons anterior hip replacements have continued growing in popularity in recent years, but they don’t stop there.

Over his career, Dr. Eric E. Johnson’s skills and talents in orthopaedic medicine have taken him all over the world. During that time, he’s delivered over 230 international and 228 national presentations, and he’s authored 47 published abstracts, 11 book chapters, and 51 peer-reviewed publications. On top of that, Dr. Johnson has numerous affiliations and memberships at highly respected medical organizations at home and abroad.

Dr. Johnson’s ongoing commitment to orthopaedics and orthopaedic trauma surgery keeps him on the field’s cutting edge, especially when it comes to the latest and most effective surgical techniques like anterior hip replacements.

If you need a hip replacement, here are a few reasons anterior approaches have become the most popular approach in recent years.

What sets and anterior hip replacement apart

In the past, a hip replacement usually meant a posterior approach — or accessing the hip joint from the outside of the hip while the patient lay on their side. 

This posterior angle provides your surgeon with excellent visuals of the hip joint, making it a highly versatile method, especially if you have unique challenges in the hip, like bone deformity. However, it also requires significant soft tissue damage. That’s because your surgeon also has to cut muscles and tendons to access the joint from this angle and then reattach them after replacing your hip.

Unlike the posterior approach, an anterior hip replacement accesses the joint from the front of your thigh. This angle allows Dr. Johnson to reach your hip joint without cutting large muscles and tendons in the joint, resulting in far less trauma. 

In fact, Dr. Johnson often performs anterior hip replacements as an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day or after an overnight stay to start your recovery.

The advantages of anterior hip replacement procedures

Anterior hip replacements have been growing in popularity because of their numerous benefits that all come back to one thing: It’s a far less invasive procedure than traditional posterior methods. 

This less invasive approach provides several advantages, including:

You can also expect fewer restrictions, if any, after undergoing an anterior hip replacement, compared to traditional methods.

In most cases, you should be back to normal within four to six weeks and back to work within one to three months after having an anterior hip replacement procedure.

Ready to see the benefits of an anterior hip replacement for yourself? Contact our office in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles to schedule a consultation with Eric E. Johnson, MD, today.

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