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Anterior approach to hip replacement can offer faster recovery

Total hip replacement surgery replaces the top of the thigh bone and the ball-and-socket mechanism of the pelvis with artificial implants. This common procedure is designed to improve mobility and relieve pain most often caused by osteoarthritis.

With the anterior approach to hip replacement, patients lie on their backs during surgery and the incision is in the front of the hip. (Traditional hip replacement surgery approaches the hip joint from the back or side.) This minimally invasive approach also uses small incisions and does not involve cutting the muscle. Because the muscle is not split or detached, patients generally recover faster, have less pain and are able to return to activities with fewer restrictions than traditional hip replacement surgery.

At Baptist Health Louisville, surgeons may use a special surgical surface called the Hana table. With this table, fluoroscopy can be used to provide X-ray guidance during the procedure, which can enhance the accuracy of leg length measurements and the placement of the implants. In addition, the Hana table positioning allows orthopedic surgeons to perform anterior hip replacement surgery with greater ease, and with easier access.

For more information, or a physician referral, call the Baptist Health Physician Referral Service at (502) 897-8131.