Dr. Gens Goodman, DO
Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Anterior Hip Replacement Procedure

In the interest of the best possible outcome, Dr. Goodman uses a regular operating room table with live x-ray when performing anterior hip replacements. This allows Dr. Goodman and his team to consistently and accurately manipulate the position of the leg, exposing the hip joint in a way that allows for the smallest possible incision and minimal muscular damage.

Once the patient has been properly anesthetized, Dr. Goodman begins the anterior hip replacement, which is also known as a minimally invasive anterior hip replacement. The incision is located along the front of the thigh. This is different from the posterior approach, in which the incision is located along the back of the thigh.

Once the incision is made, Dr. Goodman can access the hip joint by simply separating the underlying muscles. Because the anterior approach does not require cutting through any muscles, it potentially leaves the patient in less pain after surgery, and may result in shortened recovery time.

Once the hip joint is exposed, Dr. Goodman can proceed with the surgery itself. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, and Dr. Goodman removes all damaged or arthritic cartilage from both the ball and the socket. Once this is done, both the ball and the socket are replaced with prosthetic components using precision techniques developed over many years.

Once the prosthetic components have been successfully installed and Dr. Goodman is satisfied with their placement, he closes the incision.

Anterior Hip Replacement Recovery

The anterior approach to hip replacement is also known as a tissue-sparing approach. This is because it cuts through the minimum amount of muscle and tissue in order to access the hip joint. Through this technique, the anterior approach seeks to help patients achieve full mobility and bear full weight immediately after surgery. This is a stark contrast to other approaches, which may require six to eight weeks of “precautions,” operating under strictly regulated activities.

Physical therapy is part of the recovery process. Your body will need to adjust to the hip implant, so the physical therapists will prescribe exercises to promote mobility and hip function following the surgery. This will likely take place at your home after a few weeks it will be at an outpatient physical therapy center.

The office of Dr. Gens Goodman is committed to give total care during your recovery period; we are always striving to provide the best in anterior hip replacement. In addition to follow-up appointments, our office is on call to answer any questions and concerns that may arise following surgery.

While most patients are candidates for anterior hip replacement surgery, the final determination will be made after a thorough analysis by Dr. Goodman. The initial consultation and examination will shed light on the exact issue as well as your individual anatomy. Please call us to find out more about how we provide among the best anterior hip replacement. Our representatives will be happy to help with anything you need.


Anterior Total Hip Replacement