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Frisch Ortho Hip and Knee Specialist
  • Rochester

Anterior Hip Replacement

Total joint replacement surgery is one of the most advanced successful procedures in patients dealing with severe hip and knee pain. The goal of the surgery is to relieve pain and restore the normal functioning of the joint and help patient resume normal activities.

What is anterior approach hip replacement surgery?

Anterior Hip Replacement is a minimally invasive hip surgery to replace the hip joint without cutting through any muscles or tendons. It utilizes an incision from the anterior (front) hip, as an alternative to the traditional approach from the posterior (back) hip. There are different anterior approaches to the hip including the direct anterior approach, a modified (muscle sparing) anterolateral approach, and a traditional anterolateral approach (Watson-Jones).

There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach and you should have a discussion with your surgeon regarding which approach is best for you. Regardless of the approach utilized, the pain protocols, hospital length of stay and postoperative rehabilitation are typically the same.

One potential advantage of an anterior approach to the hip is that hip precautions are usually not necessary for stability post-operatively.


In the event of an emergency dial 911.

In the event of a concerning post-operative complication, please contact us immediately for prompt support. Most concerns can be appropriately addressed by our team and we will make every effort to be available to you in a timely fashion. Avoid going to the Emergency Department for surgical issues unless necessary, or unless instructed by our team.

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  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • Michigan Institute for Advanced Surgery Center
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