SURGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR HIP SURGERY
There are several “approaches” to the hip, meaning that there are many ways your surgeon could access the hip itself prior to the replacement. Each method has positive and negative aspects to them, and the decision is based not only on patient preference, but surgeon knowledge and experience, as well as the overall clinical scenario. That’s why so many patients in the Richmond area turn to G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for their surgical needs, putting their care in the hands of a nationally recognized team of experienced professionals who don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to surgical care.
The three most popular approaches to a total hip replacement are as follows:
- The anterior approach, in which the surgeon accesses the joint from the front of the hip and is considered the least invasive of the methods
- The lateral approach, in which the surgeon accesses the joint from the side of the hip, often done with tougher surgeries or those that occur after multiple prior surgeries
- The posterior approach, in which the surgeon accesses the joint from the back through the gluteus maximus (buttock) muscle
No matter which approach you and Dr. Goradia decide on, once the joint has been accessed, the surgeon will remove the damaged joint caused by arthritis and replace it with new components made from metal and plastic. This process occurs while you are under general anesthesia to relax your muscles and allow you to sleep through the surgery without any pain.