Surgical Approaches to Total Hip Arthroplasty

Hip discomfort or damaged is caused by anything from a fracture or arthritis, to everyday activities. If your hips frequently feel stiff or painful, or your current medications or use of walking supports do not help your symptoms, it may be time to consider hip replacement surgery. Total hip replacements have been performed successfully at all ages, and prove successful in helping patients return to their active lives with more strength and mobility.

Whether you’re just starting to explore treatment options or have already made the decision to undergo hip replacement surgery, here is some information to help guide you through the surgical process. In this article featured in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Tad M. Mabry, MD discusses the comparisons between two approaches to total hip arthroplasty (THA): direct anterior versus the posterior. Mabry provides research for both approaches, based on various hospital studies from around the world, and concludes “further study is needed to define the specific conditions and patient populations that might be best suited” to either of the current approaches to hip surgery. Read the full clinical summary here: