The modified anterolateral approach to total hip replacement is a less invasive approach to total hip replacement. It is sometimes referred to as "minimally invasive," but, since hip replacement is a major surgery, it can not be done in a true minimally invasive manner.
The surgery is performed through a 3.5 to 4.5 inch incision over the tip of the hip (greater trochanter); it is categorized as a “small incision” anterolateral approach hip replacement surgery.
A minimal amount of muscle-tendon insertion is detached from the front/side of the femur to achieve safe access to the hip joint. The tendons are fully repaired at the conclusion of the surgery.
The potential advantages for anterolateral approach hip replacement include the following:
Following surgery, patients benefit from physical and occupational therapy designed to help them regain full function of their hip joint, speed recovery, and minimize pain during the healing process.
The approach is also easily converted into a longer incision for problems that may arise during revision (redo) hip replacement surgery.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to schedule an appointment for the anterolateral total hip replacement procedure with a Duke orthopaedist in Raleigh, Durham, or Cary, North Carolina.
Physicians offering anterolateral approach hip replacement include: