Anterior Hip Replacement in North Carolina
The first anterior hip replacement surgery was performed more than 50 years ago, but advanced equipment, techniques and training have only recently made it a popular option with surgeons. At Wake Forest Baptist Health, our highly specialized orthopaedic team is skilled in the latest minimally invasive techniques that make this surgery a safe and effective treatment option.
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Same Day Surgery - now offered
Patients can now enjoy same-day anterior hip replacement surgery. Patients who qualify for this procedure avoid an overnight stay in the hospital altogether. Patients are discharged home late the same day of their surgery and follow-up with their surgeon and team the next day for a re-check to ensure all is healing properly.
Patents who qualify for this option may report higher satisfaction with their recovery, with the additional benefit of a minimal hospital stay.
Anterior Hip Replacement vs. Posterior Hip Replacement
In the anterior hip replacement approach, your surgeon accesses the hip joint by entering through the front of the body and going between the hip muscles that help hold the hip joint in place. Smaller incisions may be possible with anterior hip replacement versus traditional hip surgery.
No matter the approach, both surgeries involve replacing the joint’s cartilage and bone with similar implants. During both procedures, the surgeon will create a new hip joint that moves smoothly with the following steps:
Smooth out the hip socket and removes cartilage and any debris, such as damage to the bone from osteoarthritis
- Secure a cup-shaped implant into the socket
- Trim away the ball at the top of the leg bone and secure a metal stem inside the leg
- Place a metal or ceramic ball at the top of the stem and a smooth, sturdy plastic, metal or ceramic piece inside the cup-shaped implant
Learn more about the posterior approach and total hip replacement.
The Wake Forest Approach to Hip Replacement
Our hip replacement experts use a minimally invasive surgical technique for both anterior and posterior approaches. This technique requires only small incisions and allows the surgeon to work between the muscles rather than through them. Advantages may include:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and rehabilitation
- More joint stability
- Reduced chance of hip dislocation, one of the risks of hip replacement surgery
Most patients who undergo the anterior hip replacement approach are able to bear full weight soon after surgery and return quickly to daily activities. Wake Forest Baptist experts evaluate each individual case and design a care plan specific to each patient's needs.
Am I a Candidate for Hip Replacement Surgery?
This less invasive surgery is especially appropriate for patients who are active and eager to return to work and their daily activities as quickly as possible.
Not all hip replacement patients are eligible for anterior hip replacement surgery. Your doctor will evaluate whether the anterior approach is right for you. Factors may include:
- Patient’s history
- A thorough examination
- Imaging studies such as X-rays or MRIs