Anterior Approach for Total Hip Joint Replacement Surgery

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Dr. Mark Channer is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon. He has been specializing in total hip joint replacement surgery for over 18 years. Dr. Channer now offers his patients the option of Anterior Approach for total hip joint replacement surgery. 

Unlike traditional minimally invasive hip replacement techniques that access the hip from behind (Posterior Approach), the Anterior Approach (or Anterior Supine Intermuscular Approach) uses an incision at the front (anterior) of the hip. By approaching the hip joint from the front the surgeon can go between the muscles that surround the hip joint, reducing trauma to the tissues surrounding the hip. The goal for the patient is a shorter hospital stay and earlier mobilization.

When non-operative treatment fails to control the discomfort and stiffness from arthritis of the hip, your surgeon may recommend total hip replacement. Joint replacement implants, typically made from metal alloy and polyethylene (plastic), are used to resurface the joint. This surgery replaces the upper end of the femur (thighbone) and resurfaces the acetabulum (socket). The desired outcome is to restore function and eliminate as much discomfort as possible while allowing you to return to a more active lifestyle. 

There are a variety of approaches available to orthopedic surgeons regarding total hip replacement. No matter the approach or type of implant used, when performed by an experienced surgeon, surgical time, hospital stay, speed of recovery, and rates of complications are very low. At Missoula Bone & Joint we are so fortunate to have a very experienced group of surgeons that perform total joint replacements of the hip, knee, ankle and hand. Speak to your orthopedic surgeon about the best treatment options for your hip pain.