Hip replacement is much better now performed from the front. Hip replacement surgery from the front is known as the “anterior approach”. For many years, even Dr. Whitted performed hip replacement from behind, known as the “posterior approach”. What is better now is how well patients tolerate surgery. The operation is shorter, there is no cutting of muscles or tendons, and the incision is still about 4-5 inches. Patients routinely report their pain is very tolerable after anterior surgery. Almost everyone reports getting back to activities very quickly.
Dr. Whitted can help you decide if you are a candidate for anterior hip replacement.