Direct Anterior Hip Joint Replacement
This is a hip joint replacement that is done through the front of the hip rather than the back of the hip. There has been a great deal of advertising and marketing about the benefits of this anterior approach. It has actually been used for many years and is not a new technique.
Dr Bradley can offer hip joint replacement through both the posterior and anterior approach and is happy to discuss with his patients which they would prefer and which operation would be better for them.
Both are very successful. The most common approach in New Zealand is the posterior approach and the results are excellent.
The advantages of the anterior approach is that the muscles are moved apart and the operation is done through the front rather than splitting the muscles from the back. It usually means that the patient has less muscle pain, the joint feels more stable, and (when compared to the posterior approach) the patient usually reports more comfortable recovery for the first few weeks or months.
The hip joint replacement is the same with both approaches – it is simply a different way of putting it into the patient.
Dr Bradley is happy to discuss which approach you would prefer and more importantly provide you with the best possible hip joint replacement for your future.