Minimally Invasive Anterior Total Hip Joint Replacement
The anterior approach is an approach to the front of the hip
joint as opposed to a lateral (side) approach to the hip or posterior (back)
approach. It is a true anterior approach to the hip and should not be
confused with the Harding approach which is often referred to as an anterior
Rehabilitation is accelerated and hospital time decreased
because the hip is replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or
femur. Other surgical approaches necessitate detachment of multiple muscles
from the femur during surgery. In the anterior approach, by contrast, the
hip is approached and replaced through a natural interval between muscles.
The most important muscles for hip function, the gluteal muscles that attach
to the posterior and lateral pelvis and femur, are left undisturbed.