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Direct Anterior Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful procedures in patients dealing with hip pain due to severe arthritis. The goal of the surgery is to relieve pain and restore function. Over the past few years, minimally invasive surgical techniques to hip replacement, such the direct anterior approach, have gained increased interest.

Advantages of the direct anterior approach hip replacement include:

  • Reduced post-operative pain.
  • Minimal soft-tissue trauma.
  • Smaller incision.
  • Less scarring.
  • Minimal blood loss.
  • Quicker recovery.
  • Earlier mobilization.
  • Less postoperative restrictions.
  • Quicker return to normal activities.
  • Shorter hospital stay.

The optimal surgical approach for hip replacement is a subject of much debate among hip and knee surgeons. Dr. Halawi is skilled in both the direct anterior and mini-posterior approaches, both are minimally invasive surgical techniques. It is important to note that the success of hip replacement does not hinge on the surgical approach alone, but on multiple other surgical and patient factors. Most studies to date show that every surgical approach is associated with certain risks and benefits with most benefits being modest and limited to the immediate postoperative period.

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