Anterior vs Posterior Hip Replacement

Hip replacement can provide pain relief and allow someone with arthritis or other hip problems to get back to enjoying activities the way they used to. If you are considering hip replacement, you may be wondering what the difference is between the “anterior” and “posterior” replacement techniques and which one may be right for you. Here are some facts about hip replacements.

What is a hip replacement?

First of all, hip replacement surgery replaces the damaged joint with a metal, ceramic, or plastic parts. It is a fairly common procedure nowadays and has had great results for over five decades. A hip replacement can last up to 30 years.

What is the difference between anterior and posterior hip replacement?

These two different types of hip replacement methods refer to the location of the incision used for the surgery: anterior or posterior. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.

Typically, with the anterior method, there is less damage to major muscles, it has a faster recovery time than the posterior method, and there are fewer precautions the patient has to take after the surgery (i.e., avoiding certain activities or movements). One disadvantage is that people who are very muscular or obese may not be good candidates for this type of surgery, as it can be difficult to access the hip joint in these types of patients. The posterior method can be used in a majority of patients, and it also take less time to perform this operation than the anterior method.

As you can see, there are risks and benefits to both techniques – but both methods are safe and have a very low rate of complications. Different surgeons have different preferences as to which method to use, and a qualified orthopedic surgeon will be able to meet with you and discuss which one they think is best for your hip replacement. Specialty Orthopaedics in Harrison, New York, can help you to find relief from pain, with an anterior or posterior hip replacement. If your hip pain is keeping you from enjoying life as you should, don’t wait. Call 914-686-0111 today to make an appointment.

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