Anterior Hip Precautions

Anterior Hip Replacement Precautions

A Less Invasive Type Of Surgery - Anterior hip replacement precautions are few in number in comparison to those which need to be taken following conventional hip replacement surgery. In an anterior hip replacement procedure, the surgeon gains access to the hip joint from the front (anterior) side of the hip rather than from the side (lateral) or back (posterior) of the hip. In doing so, fewer muscles or other tissues are disturbed, and the lessening of muscular trauma involved makes for a much speeder, and to a great extent safer, recovery.

Anterior hip replacement in other words involves a far less invasive procedure than does conventional hip replacement surgery. It would make seem to make sense that most potential patients would choose this type of less invasive surgery, but it unfortunately is not for very one, and it is up to the doctor to make the final decision as to what type of surgery will be most appropriate..

Conventional Surgery Affects Major Muscle Groups - During conventional hip replacement surgery, muscles need to be detached from the pelvis and/or the femur. This includes the gluteal muscles, those powerful muscles located in the posterior portion of the hip, muscles which can take a long time to heal. During the healing process there are a number of hip replacement precautions the patient must follow. In the case of the less invasive surgical procedure, anterior hip replacement, precautions are much fewer in number than is the case following conventional replacement surgery. The major muscles in the hip area have been worked around rather than detached, and consequently recovery is much quicker, and fewer bad things can happen if the patient doesn't follow all of the rules.

Anterior Hip Replacement Precautions Are Few In Number - Following conventional hip replacement surgery, hip motion needs to be limited for at least 6 weeks and often up to two months. The act of sitting requires a great deal of care so as not to flex the hip too much, and the act of tying one's shoes during recovery can be next to impossible. On the other hand, following anterior hip replacement surgery, the patient can very often go up or down stairs the day following surgery, and there are few restrictions with respect to flexing the hip, or bending at the hip or the waist. Anterior hip replacement precautions do not include not crossing ones legs, nor does the patient have to sleep with a pillow between the legs during early stages of recovery to prevent excessive hip flexing or movement. In other words, anterior hip replacement precautions are virtually non existent beyond the precautions one would normally take following a major surgery. The patient will usually be cautioned not to lift heavy weight during recovery or go on long overnight hikes, although mild exercise is encouraged.

The Many Advantages Of Anterior Replacement Surgery - Other advantages of this type of surgery include less scarring, since the surgical incisions are on the order of 3 to 4 inches rather than the more usual 8 to 12 inches. Since muscles and other tissues are left relatively undisturbed, there is less blood loss and less of a chance of infection or other complications. The amount of post operative pain is also usually quite a bit less, and because the muscles have not been traumatized they remain at close to full strength and any chance of suffering a hip dislocation during recovery is drastically reduced. Even though the doctor has the final say as to the type of surgery that would be most appropriate, if the decision is to proceed with other than the anterior replacement procedure, the patient has every right to know the basis upon which the decision was made.